Advantages to consolidating school districts

Massachusetts has 298 public school districts, with 1,800 schools and nearly 956,000 students.Only nine of those enroll 100 or fewer, and the largest, the Boston public system, has 53,000.2 in Midtown Manhattan, which contains 61,000 students.In terms of micro-districts, Sagaponack has plenty of company.The state’s 722 public school districts comprise 4,500 individual schools that serve more than 2.5 million students.

You move to a community, you like the school, and you generally want it to be small.”Academic studies on size have tended to find that districts of between 2,000 and 4,000 students demonstrate lower costs but comparable outcomes to districts of about 500, according to a widely cited synthesis by three researchers at Syracuse University's Center for Policy Research that was published in 2002 in the Economics of Education Review.Virginia, which follows a pattern common in the South and West of districts that typically map onto counties, has only 134, yet it contains 1,860 schools and educates nearly 1.3 million students.Its smallest district — Highland County Public Schools — enrolls 207, while the largest, Fairfax County, has 185,000 students.” noted that since the mid-1900s, wave of consolidations that reduced the number of districts from 9,000 to the 700s, “school district reorganization studies are few, and even fewer result in successful mergers.”The report found that since 1996, 26 districts reorganized into 11, while 30 others considered and rejected mergers.

A fifth of the districts that rejected mergers are in the Southern Tier.

New York students matched the national average on both reading tests and eighth-grade math, and fell short for fourth-grade math.

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    Mar 29, 2016. School district consolidation has been looked upon as the solution to declining enrollment and inadequate government financial support in many fragmented school districts spread throughout the U. S. However, like with any proposition, there are always two sides of the coin—the upside and the downside.…