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February 7, 2019

OP-ED | What Prevents Towns From Regionalizing Schools? Mountains of Red Tape

by Lon Seidman | Feb 7, 2019 2:32pm
Posted to: Education | Town News | Chester | Deep River | Essex | Local Politics | Opinion | Education Opinion | State Budget | Taxes

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Some say our proud Yankee mentality in the “land of steady habits” is to blame for our lack of regional school districts.

But a look at current education law suggests otherwise: local voters are more likely rejecting an overly rigid state regionalization law that requires small towns to cede all local fiscal and policy decisions to neighboring larger towns, with no way of ever getting out of the arrangement. And in some cases some towns could end up paying more while neighboring towns pay less. What voter would support that?

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