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ERIC Number: ED561073
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Size Matters: A Look at School-District Consolidation
Boser, Ulrich
Center for American Progress
When it comes to education, not all spending is equal. Some education dollars are spent more productively than others. In a time of lagging revenues and flat achievement in many districts, policymakers have increasingly started to pay greater attention to the question of whether education systems are getting the most out of every education dollar. Policymakers have begun to rethink the fundamental design of the education system. Two strains of work--productivity and governance--have led policymakers to ask: Could the structure of the education system be reformed in ways that might increase student achievement? With this question in mind, this report looks at the widespread existence of small school districts--defined here as districts with fewer than 1,000 students, that are not classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as "rural remote" or "town remote"--and specifically at the extra education costs associated with these districts. Over the years many have argued that small school districts have unnecessary costs because they lack economies of scale.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut; Kansas; Montana; Pennsylvania