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(AP) – Governor John Baldacci is promoting a major downsizing of the statewide network of school systems and counting on related savings of 36-point-five million dollars in his biennial budget.

But a number of issues have split the Education Committee, ranging from the optimum size of a school district to how much involvement the state should have in encouraging collaboration among different school systems.

The panel is scheduled to make a report tomorrow to the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, which is reviewing Baldacci’s entire six-point-four billion-dollar General Fund budget package.