Smaller Schools Blog

SCHOOL SHOOTINGS, HIGH SCHOOL SIZE , and NEUROBIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS David A. Kaiser PhD Rochester Institute of Technology , Rochester, New York Published online: 08 Sep 2008. http... (View)
In the early 1960’s research was put forward that called for bigger high schools. These schools would provide more opportunities for less cost. It is important to note that this research called for... (View)
The following article discusses the school size issue and attempts to do it in a "balanced, not-taking-a-side" way. Unfortunately this allows unsupported statements to be put on an equal footing with... (View)
P IONEER S CHOOL D ISTRICT P ROPOSAL When in the course of growing populations, it becomes necessary for one area to dissolve the political bands which have ... (View)
The principal at a middle school in Jordan School District (Utah) that was divided, told a job candidate (April 2017) that they now have a drama program, that before they could not have. Part of the ... (View)

Smaller Schools Research

More studies show how smaller schools can make a difference - especially in neighborhoods with higher minority demographics : "New smaller high schools, typically in black or Hispanic ... (View)
Patricia A. Wasley writes a very insightful look at the relationship between small classes and small schools. Of course, research shows that small schools are mostly found in smaller school districts... (View)
"If it is believed that... elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council, the commissioners of the literary fund or any other general authority of the government than by the ... (View)
A new study published in the New York Times shows the value of smaller schools - about 100 students per grade - in big city settings. They found that these schools had a higher graduation rate... (View)
Peter Levine makes the case in this article that smaller schools will do a better job of helping develop more responsible youth. He says, "If we hope to create effective, committed, and responsible... (View)
(formerly entitled: For Further Discussion On School Size ) by Representative David Cox The discussion about school size, both with school boards and in the general public, will not be complete ... (View)
America's urban high schools are struggling by Dr. Augusta Souza Kappner Dr. Kappner has been president of Bank Street College in New York City since 1995, and was the assistant secretary ... (View)
By Karen Irmsher There is a natural predeliction in American education toward enormity," said William Fowler (1992), "and it does not serve schools well." During the last forty years, schools with... (View)
List member Keith Look is a researcher with the Philadelphia Education Fund. In this note to the MiddleWeb List (07/02), Keith shared some findings from his own experience and his dissertation ... (View)
by David N. Cox We Utahns love to have everything from our fast-food meals to our trucks "super-sized"; you might even say our families are "super-sized"! In many cases bigger is better, but not... (View)

Community-sized Districts Research

These most recent statistics compiled from the Utah Taxpayers Association " School Spending Report: Fiscal Year 2013-2014 ," April 2015 verifies the conclusions of my previous study comparing ... (View)
Mike Antonucci, director of the Education Intelligence Agency (EIA), gives more information about how reducing school district size can solve many of the problems in education. His first bullet point ... (View)
Vin Suprynowicz, assistant editorial page editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, recently posted about the problems that large school districts are prone to have. Read more from the original article... (View)
The following 6 videos were made to highlight the history, reasoning, progress, and issues of dividing large school districts during the 2007 campaign to divide Utah's largest school district at that ... (View)
California published a study on whether to consolidate its smaller school districts it did in 2011. It looked at costs and benefits. There were some interesting findings. They found among ... (View)
Here is an interesting gathering of research on the results of consolidation that pertains directly to the need to divide districts that are too large: (View)
PUBLIC EDUCATION DEREGULATION A PROPOSAL TO THE UTAH STATE LEGISLATURE by Representative David N. Cox Introduction This proposal is a little different than most proposals for competency might be... (View)
Administrative costs bear little, if any, correlation to size of districts over 1,000 students. Fiscal Year 1998-1999 Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Fiscal Year 2000-2001 District Number ... (View)
1997 to 2000 Average Fifth Grade SAT Scores of All Utah School Districts The yellow bars represent the range within which each group are expected to score based on socio-economic factors. In ... (View)
by David N. Cox " School district size has a consistent negative relation to student performance and is highly significant in three out of four tests ." -W. Niskanen & M. Levy, University ... (View)
To: Lawrence W. Kenny Department of Economics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611-7140 Accepted: 1 March 2005 Abstract: The very small literature explaining (i) how citizens have voted... (View)
by David N. Cox We Utahns love to have everything from our fast-food meals to our trucks "super-sized"; you might even say our families are "super-sized"! In many cases bigger is better, but not... (View)

Noteworthy Quotes

"The best way to prevent a political faction or any small group of people from capturing control of the nation's educational system is to keep it decentralized into small local units , each with its... (View)
"Men ... should do their actual living and working in communities ... small enough to permit of genuine self-government and the assumption of personal responsibilities, federated into larger units in... (View)
"The way to have good and safe government is not trust it all to one, but to divide it among the many, distributing to everyone exactly the functions in which he is competent ... [more] ... It ... (View)