Not Enough Said:
Great resource who (among those considering consolidating 7 rural school districts into 1 large district) could miss this
as this study has been out for some 6 years now? And there are others as the site notes... http://educationnorthwest.org/news/111
It's studies like this one and others on the education west site (and other studies like the PA commissioned Standard
and Poor Study on Consolidating PA School Districts)(and PA School Boards Assoc.) that most likely are responsible for the
state legislature's witholding any further action on mandating or forcing consolidation, or on Rep. Mahoney's bill to enable
boards of county commissioners the power to place a resolution/referendum on an Election Ballot.
Plus PA law already
enables any 2 or more districts to formally consolidate into a larger school district, or use other means to save costs by
not formally consolidating.
Lyson, T.A. (2005). The importance of schools to rural community viability. In L.J. Beaulieu
& R. Gibbs (Eds.), The role of education: Promoting the economic and social vitality of rural America (pp. 23–27).
Retrieved from Mississippi State University, Southern Rural Development Center website
Lyson reviewed demographic data on New York rural communities and found that proportionately
there were fewer college graduates, fewer people in professional occupations, and fewer people employed in their home villages
in rural communities without schools than in those with schools.