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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools. June 21 st, 2012 Ontario PCs Education Consultation Peterborough Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchools.com .

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current research on school closures fiscally prudent alternatives to closing schools

Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools

June 21st, 2012 Ontario PCs Education Consultation Peterborough Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchools.com

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CONSULTATION TOPICS1. Safe Schools and Students2.  Schools as Community Hubs3. Tools to make the 21st Century Learner world Ready4.  School Board Accountability

analysis ontario has 2 big problems in their education file

ANALYSISOntario has 2 big problems in their education file :

DECLINING ENROLLMENT

FISCAL CONSTRAINTS

the ontario government thinks closing schools will

THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT THINKS CLOSING SCHOOLS WILL:

SAVE MONEY

IMPROVE EDUCATION BY BUSING

STUDENTS TO BIG SUPER SCHOOLS

WITH LARGER & MORE

MODERN FACILITIES

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THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS WRONG. CURRENT RESEARCH AT THE END OF THIS PRESENTATION SHOWS CLOSING SCHOOLS

WON’T SAVE MONEY

WON’T IMPROVE STUDENT

LEARNING

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SET UP WIN-WIN MULTI-USER PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES SUCH AS SENIORS CARE, DAY-CARE, LIBRAIRIES AND OTHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO SHARE UNUSED SCHOOL SPACE. SAVE TAX DOLLARS

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THE GOVERNMENT IS PERMITTING SCHOOL BOARDS TO IMPLEMENT THIS POLICY AT A LOCAL LEVEL, GETTING PROVINCIAL POLITICANS OFF THE HOOK AND DUMPING ALL ACCOUNTABILITY ON SCHOOL BOARDS

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THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SCHOOL BOARDS AND THE GOVERNMENT IS GOVERNED BY THE EDUCATION ACT. THIS ACT SAYS THAT SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE THE POWER TO MANAGE THEIR OWN FACILITIES

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SCHOOL BOARDS ARE ELECTED EVERY 4 YEARS, RIGHT? THEREFORE THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE, RIGHT? SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

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DURING THOSE 4 YEARS LOCAL COMMUNITIES HAVE NO ACCESS TO DEMOCRATIC DECISION MAKING OR MEANS TO INFLUENCE BOARD MEMBERS

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RESEARCHTHE REST OF THIS PRESENTATION SUMMARIZES THE RESEARCH FINDINGS ON THE EFFECT OF SCHOOL CLOSINGS ON COST SAVINGS AND STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES. LINKS TO RESEARCH WEB SITES ARE INCLUDED

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Researchers found that school closures and consolidations into larger schools don’t save money or improve learning:

http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/PB-Consol-Howley-Johnson-Petrie.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

In many places, schools and districts (school boards) are already too large for fiscal efficiency or educational quality; deconsolidation is more likely than consolidation to achieve substantial efficiencies and yield improved outcomes.

http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/PB-Consol-Howley-Johnson-Petrie.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Financial claims about widespread benefits of consolidation are unsubstantiated by contemporary research about cost savings and learning (outcomes)

http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/PB-Consol-Howley-Johnson-Petrie.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Claims for educational benefits from systematic school consolidation are vastly overestimated and have already been maximized. Schools that are too large result in diminished academic and social performance.

http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/PB-Consol-Howley-Johnson-Petrie.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Overall, (government) consolidation proposals appear to serve a public

relations purpose in times of fiscal crisis, rather than substantive fiscal or educational purposes

http://nepc.colorado.edu/files/PB-Consol-Howley-Johnson-Petrie.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Fiscal Impacts of School Consolidation: Research Based Conclusions

http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2042

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

School and school district consolidation produces fewer fiscal benefits and more fiscal costs than is popularly believed. Administrative cost savings are most likely, but these savings may often be largely offset by other cost increases, especially for transportation.

http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2042

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

Consolidating schools can also adversely affect the local economy, reducing the fiscal capacity of the school district.

http://www.ruraledu.org/articles.php?id=2042

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

According to Dr. Ken Leithwood at OISE, big schools produce inferior learning outcomes compared to smaller schools. High schools should not have more than 1000 students

http://www.edu.pe.ca/esd/pdf/sop_Review_of_Evidence_about_School_Size_%20Effects.pdf

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Current Research on School Closures & Fiscally Prudent Alternatives to Closing Schools – Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchool.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT Bill Templeman at bill.templeman@gmail.com

(705) 745 6925

THANK YOU!http://savelocalschools.com