Consolidating school districts within a state
Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.
For these reasons, decisions to deconsolidate or consolidate districts are best made on a case-by-case basis.
Their schools were crumbling and had twice been taken over by the Mississippi State Board of Education for failing to provide students with an adequate education.
It discusses issues of presumed benefits of consolidation: fiscal efficiency and higher educational quality.Legislatures in many states are considering whether merging smaller school districts would be a cost-effective way to cut costly overhead expenses and improve academic services.In many areas, however, there is fierce resistance to consolidation from parents who prefer small, community-based school systems.Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is not surprising.
However, the review of research evidence detailed in this brief suggests that a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies obtainable.
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