Dems' Proposal Would Merge Some School Districts

Bill Sencio
January 30, 2019 - 10:33 am

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - Democrats in the state Senate have introduced bills that would require some communities to consolidate school districts. 

One measure would require communities with populations of less than 40,000 to merge with another school district. Another measure would require towns with fewer than 2,000 students to merge with at least one other district. 

Republicans like House leader Themis Klarides are opposed. 

"We can help them get together to see if there are more natural connections and more natural joining of forces than they may see already, but just to sit there and say 'Here's a map, here's where it goes, and this is what you're going to do' is completely ignoring the nature of a state like Connecticut." 

Democratic Senate leader Martin Looney says smaller school districts could consolidate administrative functions and save money in an era of tight budgets and declining student enrollment.