Thursday, January 4, 2007

Merge School Districts

It is unbelievable to me that school district consolidation is not at least discussed by districts.

This was the first article I wrote on consolidation:

Oakland Press: Consolidating districts could mean big bucks for schools (06/25/05)

There are examples all around the country of high-performing districts that are large. I see consolidation having very little impact on schools themselves. The real impact would be on central office staff. Right now you have well-paid administrators that fill similar positions in each district; they essentially do the same thing. By consolidating districts, you reduce the number of administrators.

Yes, the implementation is more complex than presented here, but I have yet to hear any compelling counter-argument.

==> Mike.

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