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ERIC Number: ED539481
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 72
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 42
Smaller, Safer, Saner Successful Schools. Second Edition
Nathan, Joe; Thao, Sheena
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
More than $20 billion a year currently is being spent to construct public schools. Hundreds of billions are being spent to carry out public education. Everyone wants the best possible use of that money. Families want safe, nurturing, challenging, and effective schools for their children. Community members and policy-makers want schools to be successful, and to make efficient use of their tax dollars, regardless of how much is spent. This booklet is designed to help make those things happen, by giving readers opportunities to learn from some of the most effective, innovative district and charter public schools in the country. We can make significant progress toward what Americans want by using ideas from the finest small schools and schools that share facilities. This report combines profiles of district and charter public schools from all over the United States with a research summary, showing how educators and community members have created these schools. Because more than 50,000 people "downloaded" or purchased a copy of the original, 2001 report, the authors have revised and updated this edition. The report provides brief case studies of 22 public school buildings in 11 states: (1) Arizona; (2) California; (3) Colorado; (4) Connecticut; (5) Illinois; (6) Massachusetts; (7) Minnesota; (8) New York; (9) Ohio; (10) Rhode Island; and (11) Texas. These buildings house almost 50 schools and social service agencies. The profiles that follow represent urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the United States. These schools serve a vast array of youngsters. They are united in their ability to improve achievement and behavior in safe, nurturing, stimulating environments. The key conclusions of this report are: (1) Smaller schools, on average, can provide: (1) a safer place for students; (2) a more positive, challenging environment; (3) higher achievement; (4) higher graduation rates; (5) fewer discipline problems; and (6) much greater satisfaction for families, students, and teachers; and (2) Schools that share facilities with other organizations can offer: (1) broader learning opportunities for students; (2) high quality services to students and their families; (3) higher student achievement and better graduation rates; and (4) ways to stretch and make more efficient use of tax dollars. (Contains 11 online resources.) [For first edition, "Smaller, Safer, Saner, Successful Schools," see ED455680.]
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. 1090 Vermont Avenue NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 888-552-0624; Tel: 202-289-7800; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities; Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for School Change.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Illinois; Massachusetts; Minnesota; New York; Ohio; Rhode Island; Texas