Consolidating schools in pa
It discusses issues of presumed benefits of consolidation: fiscal efficiency and higher educational quality.
The evidence detailed in this brief suggests that “a century of consolidation has already produced most of the efficiencies obtainable” and that poor regions benefit from smaller schools and districts.
This response was prepared under a contract with IES, Contract ED-06-CO-0016, by REL Northwest administered by Education Northwest.
The current statutory language on "combination of school districts permits two or more school boards to pass resolutions indicating a desire to combine." The state Board of Education then rejects or approves the request, with recommendations.
That's how Pennsylvania's last school district consolidation was effected a decade ago.
Monaca and Center in Beaver County combined to form the Central Valley School District, reducing the commonwealth's public school districts to 500. As a study by the education advocacy group Ed Build reminds - which recently examined the consolidation laws of all 50 states - three Allegheny County districts (Clairton, Carlynton and Moon) sought mergers between 20 but could find no willing partners.
That said, Allegheny County has two districts where part of the education program has been shuttered and students assigned to different districts.
"And they will be in the forefront in any debates over proposed legislation to mandate consolidations," should such a scenario come to pass.