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  •  The evidence isn't all that clear (2+ / 0-)
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    jfdunphy, Odysseus

    I'm familiar only with California where we have ~ 1,000 school districts. Some probably are too small. But, small districts also are better able to match to local priorities and resources... reality is that larger districts wouldn't even try; they'd just bus the kids an hour each way, or parents would give up and homeschool.

    The LAO in California did an analysis on this point and concluded that consolidating small districts wouldn't save much if any money all things considered. It could actually cost more money because smaller districts don't tend to pay people as well, and when you merge them, you get the salary schedule of the larger district.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:45:53 AM PDT

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    •  I should add (1+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus

      I'm pretty certain that in California we have districts that are too large, which creates its own kind of inefficiency.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:46:59 AM PDT

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