Should Sonoma County merge its school districts?

As its schools face declining enrollment and shrinking budgets, local policymakers are asking why Sonoma County has 40 public school districts — and exploring whether they can save money and improve students’ education by consolidating.

Advocates for change say merging districts would help reduce administrative costs while creating consistency in curriculum and instruction.

Critics, though, say that comes at a cost. They say districts could lose their independence and risk school closures if they consolidate and form larger districts.

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