Small School Districts

Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
Twin brothers John and Jonathan Easter walk together in their hometown of Bradley, Ark. a few weeks before they are going to begin college on July 30, 2021.
April Kirby/For Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Video Resilience, Faith, and Support: How Twin Brothers Forged Diverging Paths to College
Twin brothers from rural Arkansas reflect on their path to college in the midst of the pandemic.
Brooke Saias, September 21, 2021
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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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Classroom Technology News in Brief Public School District Enrolls Students From Private School for Online Classes
A small and shrinking school district near Los Angeles has come up with a novel way to stem its enrollment loss: Set up a virtual school and enroll students from faraway Roman Catholic schools.
Arianna Prothero & Tribune News Service, September 19, 2017
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Student Achievement Virtual Summer School an Option for Students in Small Illinois District
In this district about 11 miles outside of Chicago, students can choose among four different summer learning opportunities, including a virtual summer school program.
Marva Hinton, May 5, 2017
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Law & Courts News in Brief Court Dismisses Funding Suit Filed by Small N.Y. Districts
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit against New York that claimed the state was shortchanging students in eight small-city districts and denying their constitutional right to a "sound basic education."
The Associated Press, October 4, 2016
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Families & the Community Vt. Residents Vote Against Consolidating School Districts (Video)
In a small region of Vermont, a fierce debate raged over consolidating five tiny school districts into one.
Stacey Decker, June 9, 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 This video aired on PBS NewsHour on May 31, 2016.
June 3, 2016
Equity & Diversity News in Brief Court Orders Miss. District to Desegregate Schools
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision striking down racially segregated public schools, one small Mississippi district had resisted—until now.
Corey Mitchell, May 31, 2016
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School & District Management Opinion For School Districts, Smaller Can Mean Better
Big districts get all the attention. Their leaders make headlines. They 100,000+ students; 10,000+ teachers. What they often don't have is the best results for students, writes Arun Ramanathan.
Contributing Blogger, December 17, 2015
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Education News in Brief Okla. District Being Probed for Misuse of Funds
A small Oklahoma school district is under investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general for the alleged misappropriation of at least $235,000 over a five-year period.
The Associated Press, December 1, 2015
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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 Rural New York Districts Look to Innovate to Overcome Funding Challenges
Small, rural New York school districts are continuing to explore ideas to combat declining enrollment and funds.
Diette Courrégé Casey, June 21, 2013
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