By Taylor Dobbs, Seven Days

House lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that would provide a deadline extension for some school districts that have been ordered to merge by Vermont's Board of Education.

The legislation is a scaled-back version of a proposal that would have provided a one-year extension for all of the districts that were required to merge by July 1, 2019.  That measure, which hd support from a tripartisan coalition of House lawmakers, failed Wednesday.