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Rural Districts Merge, Close as Enrollment Drops


As the school year winds down, rural districts across the country are considering ways to make their schools more sustainable, which in many cases means closure and consolidation.

An Education Week video that aired Tuesday on PBS NewsHour highlighted the consolidation debate in Vermont, where voters will decide next week whether to merge many of the state's small schools. Supporters say the new, larger schools will then be able to offer more classes and extracurricular activities to students, while opponents say small schools can give students more individual attention.


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