Across the nation, many school systems are re-thinking the issue of school district size. In recent years, states such as Illinois and Pennsylvania have considered consolidating small school districts. Many argue that small school districts don't take advantage of economies of scale. At the same time, there's a growing realization that across-the-board school district consolidation may not be the answer to the issues facing small school districts, and new governance systems may provide better ways for school districts to do more with their education dollars. The Center for American Progress invites you to join a conversation on small school districts and what the nation might do to help them become more effective. The event will also mark the release of a report by Ulrich Boser titled "Size Matters: A Look at School-District Consolidation".
Charles Barone, Policy Director, Democrats for Education Reform
Ulrich Boser, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Doris Terry Williams, Executive Director,Rural School and Community Trust
Cindy Brown, Vice President for Education Policy, Center for American Progress