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Towns turn to school mergers

Look to cut costs, but many fear loss of local control

Kim Forbes of Somerset (center), with sons Ben (left) and Nicholas, heads a parents’ group that is pushing for regionalization of the Somerset and Berkley schools. Kim Forbes of Somerset (center), with sons Ben (left) and Nicholas, heads a parents’ group that is pushing for regionalization of the Somerset and Berkley schools. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / July 19, 2010

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Under growing pressure from state officials, small public school systems across Massachusetts are discussing potential mergers, defying the state’s staunch tradition of local schools and hometown identity in a quest for greater financial stability. (Full article: 1205 words)

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