Advantages consolidating schools
Read online Get PDF File Dollars and Sense: The Cost Effectiveness of Small Schools is a collaborative effort of the Knowledge Works Foundation, the Rural School and Community Trust, and Concordia, Inc.A team of nine researchers with expertise in education, architecture, and quantitative research challenge the common belief that big schools are cheaper to build and maintain than are small ones.Read online Get PDF File Distance Learning Technologies: Giving Small Schools Big Capabilities In school and district consolidation, the well-documented benefits of small schools to students and their communities are lost. Other alternatives, such as distance learning, are both possible and preferable. Read online Get PDF File The Fiscal Impacts of School Consolidation: Research Based Conclusions Consolidation proponents often argue that consolidating schools and/or districts will lower per pupil costs.Distance learning can provide students access to a virtually unlimited curriculum while retaining the benefits of small, local schools. But a stream of studies over half a century casts doubts on this assumption.It is the strongest evidence to date that small schools are better for low income children.Read online How to Know if Your School or District is Threatened with Consolidation—and What to Do About It Participants at a workshop at the 2005 Rural Education Working Group conference in Charleston, West Virginia, talked about how to anticipate a threat to consolidate your school before it is too late to stop it, and what to do about it.Its future appears to be unsure only in its direction or extent of growth.This paper focuses on the applicability and potential of two-way interactive television (I-TV) for small and rural K-12 schools as a primary asset in improving educational access and equity and calls for the adoption of enlightened distance learning policies and guidelines at the state and local levels.
Read online Get PDF File Closing Costs: A Summary of an Award Winning Look at School Consolidation in West Virginia, a State Where It Has Been Tried Aggressively Few states have pursued consolidation of rural schools more aggressively than West Virginia.Read online Get PDF File School Size: Research-Based Conclusions School size is a critical factor in determining educational outcomes.Research links small school size with higher levels of achievement and cost effectiveness.Small size also makes other school improvements more effective.But the advantages of small schools can be undermined if they are under funded or forced to organize and operate the way larger schools do.