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Also testifying on regionalization was CEA Research and Policy Development Specialist Orlando Rodriguez, the organization’s chief economist, who reminded legislators that while CEA supports cost-saving measures that enhance educational outcomes, several proposals currently before the Education Committee—specifically Senate Bills 457, 738, and 874—threaten to do just the opposite.

‘We are concerned that redistricting or consolidating in way that could result in closing schools and increasing class sizes could negatively impact children, classrooms, teachers, and learning outcomes. When you consider costs, you must also consider educational outcomes. There can be grave long-term social consequences to a cost-only perspective.’

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