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ERIC Number: ED059833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jan-2
Pages: 37
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The Dilemma Facing the Small School.
Truesdell, Wayne P.
Population trends, curriculum, staffing demands, and new methods of financing education are placing the small school in an increasingly precarious position. The purpose of this paper is to submit data showing that 68% of Iowa schools face a serious dilemma. Declining rural populations could reduce by half the enrollment in at least half of Iowa's school districts in the next 10 years. Staffing requirements enforced by the Department of Public Instruction are beyond the point of efficient utilization in one-fourth of Iowa schools. Curriculum offerings in small schools are inadequate to prepare mobile Iowa youth for urban life. The per-pupil costs in small districts are extremely high and continue to climb in relation to costs in reasonable-sized schools. The 1967 Iowa School Support Law makes it impossible for individual school districts to support schools completely by local effort; equalization moves wealth from rural districts with high per-pupil costs to urban areas with lower assessed valuations. Reorganization centered around growing communities and the intermediate unit for special services are suggested to alleviate some problems of small schools. (JH)
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa