The Education Department manages the distribution of over billion in aid to localities throughout New York.
Institutions receiving support through the Department include over 7,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools, 270 public and independent colleges and universities, 359 proprietary (for-profit) schools, nearly 7,000 libraries; 750 museums, the State schools for the blind and for the deaf, and 25 public broadcasting facilities.
It provides perspectives on the school consolidation experience in a Catholic school district context.
As they work on reconciling the FY18 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) budget, members of the school board still have a few difficult decisions ahead.
At A Glance: If you are interested in an overview of the first three studies, either for future reading or sharing amongst colleagues and community members, this document — available in both PDF and HTML — explains the studies, their context and process, as well as their findings in a quick overview.
The fourth study is summarized separately in this document — also available in both PDF and HTML.
On top of this aid, consolidating districts also may receive a 30 percent increase in building aid for projects initiated within 10 years of consolidation.
Arguments for consolidation, which merges schools or districts and centralizes their management, rest primarily on two presumed benefits: (1) fiscal efficiency and (2) higher educational quality.
Because economic crises often provoke calls for consolidation as a means of increasing government efficiency, the contemporary interest in consolidation is not surprising.Jill Turgeon (Blue Ridge) and Beth Huck (At-Large) said that if the board was seriously considering consolidating schools, the process for discussing this option should have been started at the beginning of the budget process, not at the end when the board is rushed for time.School district consolidation is a striking phenomenon.The rate of consolidation has slowed in recent years, but at least a few districts consolidate every year in many states.Most state governments have policies that influence school district consolidation.