Diseconomies of School District Size
The Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, Summer 1995
5 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2011
Date Written: 1995
Massive school district consolidation is driven by the presumption among education professionals that there are economies of scale in education (lower costs or greater value provided per student for larger numbers of students). But while educators have argued for economies of school district size, often resulting in the creation of massive school districts in search of promised efficiencies, they have not demonstrated those efficiencies in practice. In fact, the accumulated evidence points to the clear conclusion that, except for consolidations of very small districts, there are no economies of scale to local education.
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