Douglas stands firm on two-vote school budgets

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Gov. Jim Douglas says he has no interest in repealing a new Vermont law designed to tamp down increases in school spending.

Beginning in 2010, school districts that want to spend above certain thresholds will be required to have residents vote twice to confirm that intention.

The National Education Association’s Vermont chapter has been leading the charge in calling for repeal of that provision, saying it will hamstring local school boards and severely hurt education in the state.

Douglas says the provision is an important step in trying to bring school spending under control.

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