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Document Number: 6066

Lessons on Assessing the Costs of Small High Schools: Evidence from Seattle and Denver - This four-page policy brief examines the layers of district costs in Seattle and Denver to identify the actual costs for small high schools. The findings? Small high schools donít necessarily cost more per student, and big high schools donít necessarily cost less per student to operate. The authors provide recommendations for district leaders concerned over the potential costs of small schools: (1) get the full cost picture; (2) consider the costs of alternative options; (3) isolate spending data on non-educational services and (4) recognize that relative costs are driven by budgeting practices. The document also briefly describes how Cincinnatiís weighted student formula and other budget reforms can help other districts create small schools. (Marguerite Roza, Claudine Swartz and Larry Miller, Center on Reinventing Public Education, January 2005)...

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