Committee Advances Bill on Creating New School Districts

Committee Advances Bill on Creating New School Districts

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A bill providing for creation of new school districts has been approved by the House Education Committee and sent to the floor.

The bill is sponsored by Representative David Cox of Lehi, who is a teacher in the Alpine School District.

He said citizens now have the rights to create cities and hazardous-wastes dumps, but not school districts.

His bill allows for a county commission, the state Board of Education or local school boards to initiate the process for creating a new school district after residents petition for such action.

The commission or school board would conduct a study on a new school district, and then place it on the ballot for public approval from both the residents of the existing district and those living in the boundaries of the proposed district.

Cox said both areas would have to approve it by simple majority.

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