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Document Number: 3469

Small Schools, Big Results: Nebraska High School Completion and Postsecondary Enrollment Rates by Size of School District - This report concludes that the traditional cost-per-pupil formula used in Nebraska to determine school funding does not accurately measure overall costs. When measured on a cost-per-graduate basis, the report found high school completion rates increase as school size decreases, and the annual cost differences between the smallest schools and largest schools can be cut in half. According to the report, any remaining higher costs associated with small schools virtually disappear when the substantial social costs of nongraduates (lower earnings, unemployment, welfare and incarceration) are considered. (Patricia E. Funk and Jon Bailey, Nebraska Alliance for Rural Education, September 1999)...

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