The courts and the Legislature are now considering whether to delay forced school mergers under Act 46.

As lawmakers in Montpelier began testimony last week on multiple bills that would delay the mergers, lawyers for school boards and the state met in a courtroom in St. Albans for a status conference in three lawsuits that could lead to a court-ordered pause of the consolidation mandates.

Superior Court Judge Robert Mello took over the trio of cases last week after Judge Mary Miles Teachout, who was originally assigned to them, flagged a conflict of interest because her daughter is a school board member in Middlesex, a plaintiff district. The change moved the lawsuits from the Washington County court to Franklin County.

Read more at VTDigger.org (Courts and lawmakers weigh delay of Act 46 mergers)

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