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No school district, whether urban, suburban or rural should have to suffer due to the economy. The big businesses have to realize that they must have a stake in the future of our country. It's the businesses that need to think about how to best use their human resources to partner with schools that are in need. Our new president promises big changes in education, but without funding the local government can make the cuts where they "deem necessary."
There are different ways to look at this. The issue of economy of scale is appropriate. Districts with several schools can be more efficient in business, maintenance, human resources, professional development, etc. than one-school districts. And, on the other hand, there are districts that are simply too large. They should be divided into organizations of schools in local areas, which could be more responsive to local needs of students and their families. Bottomline: Whatever the organizational size, our nation and each of our communities deserve a high quality educational system that ensures that all students are well prepared to contribute to society in the future.
Why must we reduce the cost of education? Is our nation a developing country with survivability issues and priorities? Or, do our children deserve less money and resources than the military and wars? I do not hear anybody saying that we have to consolidate the
astronomic U.S. defense budget appropriation. Perhaps those who want to cut the cost of education do not have children, thus they do not see education as important, or their children are enrolled top schools; therefore, when they want to consolidate schools
they are thinking of “those other” kids. Just remember that ”those other” kids are the future workers who will create the wealth to support your retirement and the whole welfare of your descendants. A civilized society cannot be better than its system of public education. Carlos Gabler, Technology Instructor at ASPIRA Haugan Middle School, Chicago.
Really serious about saving money- start with the big suburban schools, see how well they take to the idea. They have the $$$ and political pull to focus attention on the small and rural districts that have already been consolicated to the max rather than on two suburban disticts that could easily be one distict except that their sports team would have to be consolidated too! Really serious about consolidation- stop basing administrators look at distance learning technology and then consolidate the suburbs.
I agree with Greg. The focus should be on creating an environment where students can excel. How sad that education is the last to take advantage of technology and then expect our children to enter the workforce equipment to meet the challenge.
In San Antonio Tx. we need to consolidate school districts and rid ourselves of top heavy administration.
I voted "None of the above" because Maine is in the middle of this very issue. In order to save money, the State decreed (and passed legislation) to mandate consolidation. What has been found is that there is little or no savings and it is creating quite a storm across the state. There is even a bill to repeal the law. Districts with less than 2500 students had to look for a partner, or significantly cut costs. My district is large enough to stand alone but it made sense to welcome in a very small district adjacent to us. That was approved by the State and the voters and takes effect this summer. I do not believe there will be any immediate savings and what savings there will be will be small and down the line. It is a lot of work with little payback in the area of what the effort was supposed to be for. Will it benefit kids? My personal jury is still out. The kicker is, in many places voters have turned down the potential marriages and at this point will be penalized with funding loss from the State for doing so.
Regardless of the size of school or school district staff of all levels should have some contact hours directly on a daily basis with the students. Administrative staff consume too much of the resources and may or may not even contribute toward the success of the students and the overall school achievement/attainment level...
When schools consolidate it has to be done thoughtfully. Families that are struggling aren't going to be able to get kids to the other side of town for classes. Electives aren't important- require curricula is. Making art, Family consumer education and music electives saps important programs - they should be required for a well rounded education.
We have to stop trying to run school like businesses trying to make a profit.
It's okay that schools and education are different than business and profit.
Schools, society and the individual profit by having the resources to work with each child to reach his or her potential.
Relationships are very important to students (and teachers), and the superschool mentality doesn't allow for those all-important relationships to grow. According to studies showing optimal school size for student success, smaller is better.