Small School Districts

Education Funding Medicaid Treats Small Districts and Rural Schools Unfairly, Report Says
Medicaid spending is the third-largest source of federal funds for K-12, but a national group representing superintendents says the program can do better.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 20, 2019
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School Climate & Safety News in Brief Small Arkansas School District Installs Safe Rooms in All Classrooms
A school district in a small Arkansas city has installed steel safe rooms in every classroom.
The Associated Press, January 22, 2019
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School & District Management Small Districts Tally $1 Billion in Annual Unnecessary Spending, Report Says
A new report estimates small, nonremote school districts account for $1 billion in funds that wouldn't have to be spent if they were larger.
Diette Courrégé Casey, August 14, 2013
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School & District Management Report: States Could Save Millions By Consolidating Small Districts
The Center for American Progress has released a new report suggesting that school districts could improve efficiency by consolidating small districts.
Jaclyn Zubrzycki, August 8, 2013
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Education South Dakota Gives Small Districts New Option to Avoid Consolidation
South Dakota law has required school districts with fewer than 100 students to reorganize, but a change in state law gives those small districts a new option to avoid that fate.
Diette Courrégé Casey, May 21, 2013
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Education Charter School Funding Can Hurt Small Districts
The way charter schools are funded can have serious effects on the budgets of small, rural districts, according to new analysis from the Rural School and Community Trust.
Diette Courrégé Casey, August 24, 2012
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Education Funding Will Small Districts Even Bother Competing in New Race to Top?
More than half of the nation's school districts are not eligible to apply on their own for the Race to the Top competition for districts because their enrollments are too small.
Michele McNeil, August 15, 2012
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Federal Teacher Strikes Limited to a Few Small Districts
Once a fairly common occurrence in the back-to-school scene, teacher strikes have fallen off this fall, continuing a recent trend.
Joetta L. Sack, November 8, 2005
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School & District Management A State Capitals Roundup Iowa Debates New Rules For Small Districts, Schools
A bipartisan committee of 12 Iowa legislators released a plan last week that strongly encourages the state’s small school districts to share more resources and sets the stage for establishing minimum sizes for both districts and high schools.
Joetta L. Sack, March 29, 2005
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Education Small Districts Eye Coverage 'Pools' as Remedy
School officials in Berks County, Pa., would like to teach the U.S. Congress a thing or two about health-care reform.
Drew Lindsay, September 7, 1994
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Education Opposition Foils Measure To Shut Down Small Districts in Washington State
A strong show of opposition by a group of mostly rural residents has persuaded Washington State lawmakers to drop a bill that would have closed a host of small school districts.
Millicent Lawton, March 10, 1993
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Education Small Neb. Districts Wary of Bill To Limit Administrators
An effort by some Nebraska lawmakers to limit the number of full-time administrators in small school systems has stirred strong opposition from educators who fear it will force consolidation of many of the state's hundreds of rural districts.
Ellen Flax, May 22, 1991
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Education Small Districts Join Investment Pools
Because their reserves are typically small and they usually lack administrators with investment expertise, small districts have tended to benefit least from the burgeoning range of investments available.

But the recent development of private statewide investment pools, managed by the financial firm of E.F. Hutton, has made it possible for smaller districts to share in the rewards of investing.

May 15, 1985
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