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Proposal would force Iowa schools to consolidate

DES MOINES (KWWL) - An Iowa lawmaker wants to speed up consolidations of school districts in the state.

State Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, says he will introduce a bill to force about two-thirds of Iowa's district to merge. He wants to target districts with fewer than 750 students. He says that would free up tens of millions of dollars in administrative costs that could be spent on teachers and students.

McCoy says he plans to introduce his bill in the next couple of weeks.

Some school officials say forced consolidation would eliminate local control, create unequal workloads among superintendents in urban and rural counties and shift the focus away from students.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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