Redistricting & Consolidation

Aleesia Johnson, superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, left, visits classrooms at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 on Jan. 16, 2024 in Indianapolis.
Superintendent Aleesia Johnson visits with a student at James Whitcomb Riley School 43 in Indianapolis.
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School & District Management Leader To Learn From With a Steady Hand, a Superintendent Guides Her District Through Big Changes
When Aleesia Johnson became superintendent of the Indianapolis schools, Indiana’s largest district needed much more than a patch job.
Sarah D. Sparks, February 5, 2024
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School & District Management What the Research Says Researchers Used AI to Rezone School Districts. Here's What They Found
The experiment created more diverse schools, while cutting students' travel time.
Sarah D. Sparks, September 7, 2023
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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
7 min read
School & District Management The Splintering of Wealthy Areas From School Districts Is Speeding Up
The school funding group EdBuild finds neighborhood attempts to secede popping up in more school districts, with racial and economic isolation increasing in their wake.
Sarah D. Sparks, April 16, 2019
3 min read
School & District Management News in Brief Vt. Officials Face Backlash Over Mergers
The state board of education released its final plan this month to merge 45 districts in 39 towns to form 11 new districts.
The Associated Press, December 11, 2018
1 min read
Education In District Consolidations, States Leave Poor Residents Adrift, Study Says
As wealthy, white communities split their schools off from their poor, black and Latino neighbors, few states have legal recourse to intervene, the advocacy group EdBuild says.
Daarel Burnette II, July 24, 2018
2 min read
States Vermont State Chief Resigns Amid Ambitious District Consolidation Effort
State Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe has been officiating over the state's politically thorny district consolidation process, and many are asking for it to be placed on hold until the state board replaces her.
Daarel Burnette II, April 3, 2018
1 min read
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
States Fighting to Close Budget Hole, Oklahoma Again Debates Teacher Pay, Consolidation
Oklahoma's school spending habits have long been the focus of political battles, and the legislature will soon enter a third special session to debate its budget.
Daarel Burnette II, November 28, 2017
1 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
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