New Jersey Clings to School Districts Without Schools

posted by Josh Goodman I wrote 2,300 words last year about how even the smallest local governments are reluctant to merge with neighbors -- and how ...
by | July 13, 2009

posted by Josh Goodman

I wrote 2,300 words last year about how even the smallest local governments are reluctant to merge with neighbors -- and how states struggle to prod them to consolidate. I should have just linked to this story about New Jersey from the Philadelphia Inquirer and called it a day:

When Gov. [Jon] Corzine signed a bill last week that established a process to eliminate 26 small school districts that do not operate schools, it seemed to many people a no-brainer. Legislative sponsors hailed it as a commonsense step toward consolidation that would save public money and still support education.

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But, like most things in life and government, it's not that simple.

Critics say some homeowners in the newly merged districts will pay higher property taxes - if not now, then down the line. They also argue that voters should have had a voice in what happened to their districts.

Josh Goodman
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