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School District Size Study Committee Begins Work

A joint legislative committee studying the best size for school districts in North Carolina took no action at its first meeting Wednesday, and House Chairman Bill Brawley said he expects no action for some time to come. Brawley, R-Mecklenburg, reiterated several times in his opening remarks that the committee does not intend to recommend splitting up any school districts and that he does not expect legislation from other lawmakers to require districts to split, noting that a proposal to divide Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools two decades ago "went nowhere." He said the purpose of the panel is strictly to "go where the data takes us" on school district size and supply that research in a report to the legislature to "inform the debate."

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Laura Leslie | WRAL