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Document Number: 9168

Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What It Means - This policy brief provides a review of the research that has been done on school and district consolidation and finds that consolidation will generally not save money nor will it improve education outcomes, particularly for minority and poor students. Policymakers are urged to make decisions about consolidation on a case-by-case basis with local input. Further, for very large school districts, deconsolidation may be a means of improving fiscal efficiency and learning outcomes. (National Education Policy Center, February 2011)...

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