Examining Efficiency in our Public Schools (2003)

On most measures of success such as graduation rates, parental involvement and achievement test scores, small rural schools consistently confirm their value.

However, others argue that due to their small enrollments, many rural school districts simply cannot achieve the necessary critical mass and subsequent economies of scale to reach fiscal efficiency; that the most rational solution to this dilemma is for small school districts to consolidate with neighboring districts, thereby increasing their critical mass and helping to achieve greater economies of scale.

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