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Follow VPR's statehouse coverage, featuring Pete Hirschfeld and Bob Kinzel in our Statehouse Bureau in Montpelier.

Analysis: The Politics Of School Consolidation

This week, the Vermont House gave its approval to legislation that calls for larger school districts across the state in several years. Each district would have at least 1,100 students. If a smaller district fails to merge with other districts by 2017, then the state Board of Education can mandate the consolidation of the smaller districts.

Why has this bill become such a top priority for House Democratic leaders? Eric Davis, retired Middlebury College political science professor, joined Vermont Edition to help answer this question and more.

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