Small School Districts
Education Funding In Their Own Words This Superintendent's Tiny, Rural District Got No COVID Aid. Here's Why That Hurts
The aid formula left Long Lake, N.Y., out of the mix. The superintendent worries that could happen for other kinds of aid in the future.
School & District Management Leader To Learn From Health Care Was Hard to Come By. So This Superintendent Stepped Up
Ben Thigpen, the superintendent in rural Jones County, N.C., launched a telehealth program to improve medical care for students and staff.
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.
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.
School Climate & Safety 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.
Classroom Technology 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.
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.
Law & Courts 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."
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.
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.
Equity & Diversity 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.
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.