Trouble with consolidating schools
There are good reasons – powerful reasons – to stop the privatization efforts before the winner-take-all free market creates a new vehicle for inequality.
At the very least we need the good sense to slow it down while we examine the evidence about charters and vouchers.1.
The idea worked off an economies of scale theory: Small school districts cost more to run than large ones, taking needed money from classrooms to pay for unneeded administrators.
The evidence detailed in this brief suggests that “a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies obtainable” and that poor regions benefit from smaller schools and districts.
Glenburn School physical education teacher Heidi Thayer plays the jump rope game with kindergarteners and first graders.
Glenburn joined with Veazie and Orono during the school consolidation process.
A legislative committee last week endorsed a bill that would make it easier for towns to dissolve regional school districts.
Whatever the perspective, the school consolidation debate is far from over. John Baldacci took on school consolidation as one of his major issues.
Illinois has the most units of local government of any state in the country.