Opponents of consolidation say closing small, rural schools can save money and improve academic opportunity.
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July 01, 2014
June 11, 2014
Rural districts in Iowa have formed a coalition to advocate for rural schools amid budget cuts and consolidation.
April 01, 2014
A Finnish study finds rural schools are critical for bringing the community together and being a sign of a "living village."
March 11, 2014
New York superintendents who shared services reported more cost savings and improved service quality than improved student achievement, according to a new research brief.
October 08, 2013
The number of school districts nationally has declined significantly, but it hasn't put a damper on some communities desire to protect their schools.
August 14, 2013
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.
November 21, 2012
The Rural Ed blog rounds up two pieces of noteworthy news: a report that shows rural Georgia students are less prepared for college, and a package on the lasting impact of consolidation.
May 02, 2011
Consolidation receives mixed reviews in recent reports despite some lawmakers' push to merge smaller, rural districts.
September 28, 2010
Falling enrollments and shrinking state funds nudged voters in a dozen school districts in western and northern Iowa to OK a round of mergers beginning next year.