Push for Local Schools
PERHAPS NOTHING HAS BEEN STUDIED as much as study, and the outcomes are unequivocal: small schools are better for learning. In one study, schools with fewer than four hundred students were shown to have better attendance rates, fewer disciplinary problems and dropouts, and often higher test scores. So why do we keep making our schools bigger? Between 2000 and 2010, despite this knowledge, the average American high school grew by 14%,33 and many a school district can still be heard boasting of a big, beautiful new school that is going to cause the closure of several others. School consolidation is still sold as a way to reduce costs while increasing curricular and extracurricular offerings for students..