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By Lola Duffort,

Meanwhile, H.39 is expected to land in the House chamber next week. Anxious to move the legislation out of committee, where it has lingered for two weeks, Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, who sponsored the bill, earlier this week negotiated a commitment from House Speaker Mitzi Johnson for a floor debate and vote on Tuesday.

Scheuermann called the proposed amendment “a new and interesting thought,” and said she was fine with postponing the vote a little longer.

“If it’s possible that we can get the support of the committee for a delay, by going in this direction, if I need to give it another day, and our group needs to give it another day, we’re happy to do that,” she said.

By Peter Hirschfeld, Vermont Public Radio

Stowe Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, the lead sponsor of the bill to delay the merger mandate, says efficacy for superintendents and other district administrators shouldn’t drive education policy.

“Easy isn’t necessarily right,” Scheuermann says. “And we need to do this right for the students.”

Scheuermann says in order to comply with the July 1 mandate, districts will need to move forward with merger plans prior to knowing the outcome of the court case.

And once they start down that road, Scheuermann says, “It’ll be virtually impossible to unravel these merged districts.”

By Tommy Gardner, News and Citizen and Stowe Reporter

After the state board decided in November to force dozens of districts to merge, a group of lawmakers is working to get a one-year merger moratorium passed, as early as mid-February.

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, said she’s “been fighting against state control of education for years,” calling it “an uphill battle.” She said it’s been complicated, as school districts — the arranged marriage of Elmore-Morristown and Stowe is one of the more prominent forced mergers in the state — work to fight the merger while simultaneously preparing for it.

“We’re in territory we haven’t been in before,” Scheuermann said.