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House committee puts own spin on Act 46 flexibility

The panel accommodated requests from more than 30 House members to add more language from H.15, a bill once described as offering so much flexibility as to gut the intent of Act 46.

Carin Ewing Park: Focus on the goals of Act 46

Barnard citizens voted to reject the study committee’s merger proposal, as voters wielded the only real power they had within this proposal process.

House ed committee kills consolidation flexibility bill

The bill would have allowed greater flexibility to respond to Act 46. The panel voted it down 9-2 after a brief revival.

Local school board members slam Act 46 in hearing

Some said Act 46 had caused deep divisions in their communities and implored lawmakers to trust local people instead of pushing another top-down approach.

Margaret Maclean: Partnership over paternalism

Whether the state will choose partnership and collaboration with communities in order to achieve the goals of Act 46 — or choose to entrench in rigidity will be decided in what remains of the legislative session.

Akara Draper & Linnie Jones: Vote ‘no’ on Act 46

A “no” vote would give our communities more time to work together towards fulfilling the goals of Act 46 while preserving local governance.

Committee ditches bill seen as Act 46 escape hatch

It plans to continue work on an alternative that would offer school districts new options while stopping short of making it easier for them to avoid merging.

Peacham sees its fate hanging on Act 46 revision bills

The legislation would help districts comply with the law through “alternative structures” if they don’t readily fit into a merger. By one count, 82 towns face that challenge.