Advantages to consolidating school districts
If an average elementary school's day runs from 9 a.m. and an hour is spent for recess and lunch, then the teacher splits six hours of instructional time between 30 students.That works out to just 12 minutes for each student.She holds a Master of Arts in special education from San Diego State University.When voters in Broome County’s Chenango Forks and Chenango Valley school districts rejected a plan to consolidate in 2013, they demonstrated once again that in New York state’s tug-of-war between efficiency and autonomy, the latter usually wins.Of those, a higher percentage of public school than private school students reported being bullied on school grounds.Another study by the NCES during the 2009-10 school year revealed that 46 percent of public schools reported at least one threat of physical attack against a student without a weapon, and eight percent reported incidents of physical threats with weapons.
Small and local Part of the cost to fund public education in New York stems from the highly segmented nature of its school district structure. A lot of little school districts means a lot of redundancy in a small geographic area — two districts a mile apart will have separate superintendents, separate administrative costs, possibly separate transportation systems and more, all of which get a chunk of local tax revenue and state aid from tax dollars.
Based in Sacramento, Calif., Beth Wenbourne Katz has been writing about education topics since 2006.
Katz has taught in the California public schools, working primarily with students with learning, behavioral and emotional challenges.
As they prepare budgets for the next year, school districts are hampered by a historically low tax cap of 0.12 percent.
The cap limits the amount of new tax revenue a district can levy without putting it to a public vote.
Theoretically, this makes sense, but test results are the only way the government measures accountability.