Push to Consolidate Vermont's School Districts Backed by Vermont House

By Steph Machado

Published 04/29 2014 10:42PM

Updated 04/29 2014 10:50PM

MONTPELIER - In a late-night session, the Vermont House voted to back H.883, a bill to consolidate Vermont's public school districts.

The vote was 75-62.

The bill would consolidate Vermont's districts from 270 to 45-55.

This came after six weeks of testimony in committee and 3.5 hours of emotional debate on the floor. Proponents of the bill want better opportunities for students, especially those in rural districts who lacks funds and staffing. Opponents say it will hurt those communities if their schools are closed, and students will have to travel far away to go to a larger, consolidated school.

The bill will face an uphill battle in the Senate, where it has to go through committee and pass by the end of next week. 

The bill goes to a final vote in the House on Wednesday.

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