“A wave of research from around the country shows that consolidation does not improve schools or lead to better academic results. Spending on education does not go down; indeed, budgets often balloon with increased transportation costs and more administrators to run enlarged districts. Consolidation leads to schools closing and to bigger schools, with less parental involvement and community participation. And, in many parts of the United States, it has led to children on unconscionable bus rides lasting several hours a day.”
Elaine McArdle “Together We Won’t”
The Boston Sunday Globe March 8, 2009 p. C3
A concise, thoughtful statewide assessment of how Maine’s RSU Law has performed relative to its goals of Efficiency, Equity and Quality, along with his recommendations to improve the lot of Maine schoolchildren.
What would YOUR “report card” for RSU #50 look like?
~ Are schools in RSU 50 really more efficient than before?
~ Are children in RSU 50 educated more equitably with wealthier areas of the state than before 2011?
~ Has the quality of education for children of RSU 50 improved since the 2011 reorganization?
Would you please share your thoughts and/or experiences? We look forward to hearing from you!