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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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June 21st, 2012 Ontario PCs Education Consultation Peterborough Bill Templeman of SaveLocalSchools.com
CONSULTATION TOPICS1. Safe Schools and Students2. Schools as Community Hubs3. Tools to make the 21st Century Learner world Ready4. School Board Accountability
IMPROVE EDUCATION BY BUSING
STUDENTS TO BIG SUPER SCHOOLS
WITH LARGER & MORE
WON’T SAVE MONEY
WON’T IMPROVE STUDENT
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
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
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
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
Researchers found that school closures and consolidations into larger schools don’t save money or improve learning:
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.
Financial claims about widespread benefits of consolidation are unsubstantiated by contemporary research about cost savings and learning (outcomes)
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.
Overall, (government) consolidation proposals appear to serve a public
relations purpose in times of fiscal crisis, rather than substantive fiscal or educational purposes
Fiscal Impacts of School Consolidation: Research Based Conclusions
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.
Consolidating schools can also adversely affect the local economy, reducing the fiscal capacity of the school district.
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
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