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The idea of public school consolidation has been floating around for several years now and there have been some school districts that have been forced into consolidating due to financial stresses, but should the State of Indiana, or any state for that matter, force the schools of communities to consolidate even if the people of those communities don’t want consolidation?

Attempts have already been made by state legislators to force smaller districts to consolidate via legislation, but the legislation has failed to pass.  What if such an idea does become law in the future?  Does the state have the right to force communities to consolidate their public schools or should that decision be left up to the communities that are affected?  What do you think?