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September 15, 2014

For Rural Indiana District Consolidation Could Cut Costs, Expand Offerings

The district, which has only two schools, is in debt and is facing a decrease in state support.

July 01, 2014

Rural Schools Face Closure, Consolidation

Opponents of consolidation say closing small, rural schools can save money and improve academic opportunity.

June 11, 2014

Rural Iowa Districts Join Advocacy Group

Rural districts in Iowa have formed a coalition to advocate for rural schools amid budget cuts and consolidation.

April 01, 2014

School Closures in Rural Finnish Communities Weaken Surrounding Village

A Finnish study finds rural schools are critical for bringing the community together and being a sign of a "living village."

March 11, 2014

Sharing Services Offers Cost Savings and Better Service, Claims N.Y. Survey

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

Ninety Percent Fewer School Districts Exist Now Compared to 70 Years Ago

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

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.

November 21, 2012

Rural Ed News: Lax College Preparation, and Legacy of Consolidation

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

Looking at the Benefits of Consolidation, Deconsolidation

Consolidation receives mixed reviews in recent reports despite some lawmakers' push to merge smaller, rural districts.

September 28, 2010

Consolidation Watch: Rural Iowa Losing Schools

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.

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