ERIC Number: ED399102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Small Schools Network. SSTA Research Centre Report #95-09.
SSTA Research in Brief, Nov 1995
Representatives of Saskatchewan school boards have formed the Small Schools Network, which met three times in 1995 to share ideas regarding small schools. This first report from the Small Schools Network articulates significant concerns and questions related to education in small schools. Unclear definitions of the small school present a barrier to communication, research, and planning. The Saskatchewan provincial funding formula includes enrollment and location factors, but the resulting definition of smallness is not practical or consistent for the Network's purposes. Smallness is less challenging to elementary and middle schools, which often group students in nontraditional ways. On the other hand, secondary school size may be categorized according to provision of curriculum: as enriched, full-service, and basic schools. Network participants expressed concern over the struggle of small schools to meet new provincially defined education expectations, which have not been accompanied by corresponding support for program delivery. In addition, reliance on distance education and technological innovation required more time, resources, and leadership than were currently available. Network participants also identified the unique context of educational delivery in small schools; questioned the academic, social, and physical effects on students of busing; voiced concerns about school consolidation and the uncertainty of educational governance in Saskatchewan; expressed optimism about the impact of integrated services on small schools; stated that rural-urban differences in educational costs had not been satisfactorily addressed; and pointed out financial dilemmas of small schools due to a shift in funding from the province to the local tax base over the past decade. (SV)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Delivery Systems, Distance Education, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Networks, Rural Schools, School Size, Small Schools, State School District Relationship
Saskatchewan School Trustees Assoc., 400 - 2222 Thirteenth Ave., Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4P 3M7 ($11 Canadian).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina. Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada