The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected arguments that the State of Vermont lacks constitutional authority to force school mergers. What ‘local control’ means is best decided by officials in Montpelier, the court decided.
"In their ruling, the court found the State Board of Education's implementation of Act 46 did not violate Vermont's constitution. The justices ruled it's up to the state, not municipalities or the courts, to define local control. Justice Eaton dissented from the decision. The Scott administration has defended the law, saying it will eventually lower costs and improve educational opportunities for students attending smaller schools. Vermont Secretary of Education Dan French in a statement Friday said the court’s decision bookends what’s been more than a five-year at times contentious process.”
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