Fordham Institute, been focusing on district governance and structures this year.
They released a book called Education Governance for the Twenty-first Century: Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform earlier this year.
Since 1940, it shows, the number of districts in the country has shrunk from 117,000 to about 14,000, due to earlier efforts at consolidation.
Further consolidations have been on the radar in several states: Iowa financially incentivized consolidations, for instance, and governors in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Michigan have also discussed consolidating districts.
Consolidating small school districts could save some states millions of dollars and offer possibilities for improving the efficiency of district management, according to a report from the Center for American Progress released at an event here this morning.
Ulrich Boser, the report's author, joined Charles Barone, the policy director for Democrats for Education Reform, Doris Terry Williams, the executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, and Cynthia G.
Boser said at today's event that the ideal district size was between about 2,000 and 4,000 students.
Though rural districts were not a focus of the report, they were a focus of the discussion today in Washington.
But public interest in consolidations has waned, Boser writes.
Still, the report estimates that New Jersey alone could save as much as 0 million by consolidating districts, and that California could save as much as million.
Boser emphasized the need to consider each potential consolidation in context.
You can watch the full discussion here: The conversation about merging districts is timely: The fate of small districts in Michigan, many of which are running at a deficit and several of which have had to be dissolved, has spurred a statewide conversation about consolidating districts there.
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