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Legislators Debate Consolidation Plan 

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aine legislators are working overtime to discuss Governor John Baldacci‘s plan to consolidate Maine’s school districts.

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embers of the Education Committee spent Saturday in Augusta, debating the issue.

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n Thursday, they’re due to present their policy recommendations to the Appropriations Committee.

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aldacci’s plan calls for reducing the number of Maine school districts from 290 to 26.

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t would mean one superintendent for each of the proposed 26 regional centers.

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he governor also wants to put a principal in every school for a 17-to-one student-teacher ratio.ut this plan would also eliminate 600 teaching positions.

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he Governor says 76-million dollars will be saved by 2008 if the measure passes..and he says it will lessen the property tax burden for homeowners..