Senate approves education bill different from House version

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Senate has passed its version of a bill to overhaul Vermont's public school system that takes a less mandatory approach than a version passed earlier by the House.

Differences between the two will have to be worked out by a House-Senate conference committee that is expected to begin meeting on Monday.

The House version mandates creation of new pre-K to grade 12 school districts with at least 1,100 students.

The Senate version makes such a change voluntary and sets a minimum district size of 900. It calls on school districts to report to the state on how they are doing in providing a good-quality education at a reasonable price.

The House bill also imposes spending caps on school districts, whereas the Senate version does not.

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