Published Online: January 27, 2015
Published in Print: January 28, 2015, as Rural Schools

Report Roundup

Rural Schools

"Vermont Educational Reform: A Balanced Approach to Equity and Funding"

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Recently proposed education initiatives in Vermont will do little to improve schools and may negatively impact the state's small, rural schools, according to a report from the Penn State Center for Rural Education and Communities.

The report examines proposed improvements such as school district consolidation and the elimination of a grant for small schools. The authors concluded that consolidating school districts would not benefit Vermont. "National and local research clearly shows consolidtion does not produce financial savings or lower per-pupil costs," they write.

The report also looks at a recent proposal to eliminate Vermont's Small Schools Grant, which provides support for schools with a two-year average enrollment of less than 100 students. The authors write that "such proposals fail to account for the critical role small schools play in sustaining their local communities."

Vol. 34, Issue 19, Page 5

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