Adult chatting in chattanooga tn - Consolidating school districts within a state

Unfortunately, research on consolidation does not offer definitive guidance for making such decisions.

The National Education Policy Center research review is the most recent one found in our search.

It discusses issues of presumed benefits of consolidation: fiscal efficiency and higher educational quality.

Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality.

The extent of consolidation varies across states due to their considerable differences in history, geography, population density, and politics.

Research also suggests that impoverished regions in particular often benefit from smaller schools and districts, and they can suffer irreversible damage if consolidation occurs.

For these reasons, decisions to deconsolidate or consolidate districts are best made on a case-by-case basis.

When school districts talk about school consolidation—merging two or more smaller school districts into one larger system—parents usually object to efforts to relinquish their small community schools.

Just ask voters in Valdosta, Ga., who in November 2011, by nearly a 4-to-1 ratio, rejected a ballot initiative that would have merged the Valdosta City and Lowndes County school districts.

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