ERIC Number: ED219218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Joining of School Districts In Iowa Since 1966 or Fifteen Years of School Combination Without State Compulsion.
Dreier, William H.
Although 1951-1966 marked 15 of the most dynamic, hectic, painful, and questionable years of Iowa school district reorganization, 28 school district reorganizations have come about in the succeeding 15 years without a state law or Department of Public Instruction regulation mandating the elimination of certain kinds or sizes of local school districts. A lobbying group called People United for Rural Education has been one of the most significant factors in allowing local school districts and their citizens to make their own decisions about reorganization. The 28 local education agencies (LEAs) which joined in the last 15 years came from 15 counties and 19 Area Education Agencies. The joining high schools were generally 10 miles or less from each other. All of the 28 LEAs had gone through 1 reorganization. The need for a K-12 enrollment of 300 students does not seem a significant factor, at present, in the creating or keeping of schools. About two-thirds of the LEA decisions to join came in the last 5 years. Among the many pressures which will continue to bring about additional combinations in the next 5 years are declining birthrate, inflation, limited curricular and other learning experiences and parental attitudes. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa; People United for Rural Education
Note: Map of Public School Districts marginally legible.