MONTPELIER (AP) - The Education Committee in the Vermont House has approved a bill calling for what its chairwoman calls the biggest changes in the way Vermont's schools are governed in more than a century.

The panel voted 10-0, with one member not voting on Friday for a bill that would set a minimum school district size of four current districts or a minimum of 1,200 students by 2020.

The combined school districts would be governed by one superintendent and one school board, which committee chairwoman Rep. Joannah Leddy Donovan says would allow for better curriculum coordination and avoid duplicative administration and other costs.

She says it's unknown if that will lower education costs, but Donovan adds that the change should slow the rate of cost increases.


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