Redistricting & Consolidation

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School & District Management Opinion How Two Districts Managed to Consolidate During the Pandemic
The trick to being ready when disaster strikes? Be ready well before that.
Noel Schmidt, August 10, 2021
3 min read
School & District Management Why Don't Struggling K-12 Districts Just Dissolve?
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
Daarel Burnette II, February 11, 2020
6 min read
Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
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School & District Management A School District in Fiscal Free-Fall Scrambles to Avoid Crash Landing
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
Daarel Burnette II, January 31, 2020
11 min read
Equity & Diversity Secessions Exacerbate Segregation, Study Finds
Court-ordered school desegregation has been more successful in the South than in any other region of the country, but researchers have noted a new threat: the growing number of communities that are seceding from larger school districts to form their own.
Christina A. Samuels, September 10, 2019
3 min read
Equity & Diversity Wealthier Enclaves Breaking Away From School Districts
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 30, 2019
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The school district in Modesto, Calif.—in the heart of the state’s farm industry—recently changed its elections for school board from at-large to single-member districts. The goal is to give Hispanics and other minority candidates a better chance to win seats on the board.
The school district in Modesto, Calif.—in the heart of the state’s farm industry—recently changed its elections for school board from at-large to single-member districts. The goal is to give Hispanics and other minority candidates a better chance to win seats on the board.
Carl Costas for Education Week
Equity & Diversity A Quest to Give Minority Voters a Bigger Voice on School Boards
Across California, school districts are shifting from at-large elections to single-member districts to make it easier for Latinos and other minority communities to elect candidates to local offices.
Denisa R. Superville, December 12, 2017
10 min read
School & District Management When a Community Loses Its Schools
School closures often affect poor students, African-American students, and rural communities like Hughes, Ark.
Denisa R. Superville, June 6, 2017
13 min read
School & District Management New Plan Would Keep Nevada’s Sprawling Clark Co. District Intact
A year after state lawmakers moved to break up the nation’s fifth-largest school district, a new plan instead would reorganize and decentralize it.
Denisa R. Superville, August 2, 2016
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School & District Management Video Merging Small School Districts: Showdown in Vermont
With a plummeting student enrollment and skyrocketing education costs, Vermont lawmakers decided last year to begin an ambitious and controversial experiment to consolidate its vast system of public schools. The law, Act 46, intends to dramatically reduce the number of districts in the mostly rural state-there are currently 280 of them-by 2020 using a series of tax incentives. Supporters argue that by sharing resources more efficiently, the state will save millions of dollars and give students access to academically rigorous programs and more electives like the arts. But opponents say the initiative stabs at the very heart of Vermont, with its hundreds of tiny school houses and, more importantly, Vermonters' deeply-felt sense of local control. In this report, John Tulenko of Education Week profiles a northern region of Vermont where residents are sharply divided on whether to combine its five school districts. Read more about this issue on edweek.org. This video aired on PBS NewsHour on May 31, 2016.
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Smilie Memorial Elementary School, in Bolton, Vt., is part of a small rural district that merged with another.
Smilie Memorial Elementary School, in Bolton, Vt., is part of a small rural district that merged with another.
Caleb Kenna for Education Week
Federal Consolidation Push Roils Vermont Landscape
A state law aimed at encouraging—or prodding—small, rural districts to merge has hit some speed bumps on the road to implementation.
Daarel Burnette II, February 16, 2016
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Every Student Succeeds Act Education Department Begins to Assess ESSA-Era Role
The new K-12 law contains checks on the U.S. secretary's authority, but the agency still has policy tools in its shed, especially in the areas of civil rights and data resources.
Alyson Klein, January 12, 2016
7 min read
Terry George, the state-appointed school superintendent in Fayette County, stands next to the broken furnace and a coal bin sprinkled with asbestos chips. A controversial school consolidation plan would shutter some schools and include a new $56 million high school.
Terry George, the state-appointed school superintendent in Fayette County, stands next to the broken furnace and a coal bin sprinkled with asbestos chips. A controversial school consolidation plan would shutter some schools and include a new $56 million high school.
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School & District Management School Facilities Fuel State-Local Tensions in W.Va. District
A consolidation plan for Fayette County schools pushed by the state schools chief that aims to shutter dilapidated facilities and open a new one has proved divisive.
Daarel Burnette II, December 8, 2015
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Every Student Succeeds Act Programs' Fate Complicates Path to ESEA Deal
The House and Senate bills to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act take very different tacks on the future of certain federal education programs.
Alyson Klein, October 27, 2015
5 min read
School & District Management Nevada Moves to Carve Up Fast-Growing District
Now that state lawmakers have approved a split-up of the Clark County school district, which includes Las Vegas, the question is how to go about doing it.
Denisa R. Superville, July 7, 2015
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