UMaine Prof Says School Reorganization Law Proving More Negative Than Positive; Consolidation Effort Based on False Premise, Not Backed by Research

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Donaldson, who holds three degrees from Harvard University, said the greatest impact on educational attainment comes from the classroom itself and it is the classroom, not consolidation, where the emphasis should be placed.

“Teachers are our most precious educational resource next to students,” said Donaldson. “Teachers make the biggest difference in how much and how well kids learn. Smaller schools are more successful with difficult-to-teach kids and with social and citizenship development. Bigger schools aren’t as good at those things. The school’s leadership can make a difference, and the most powerful differences between schools are the school’s ability to challenge and support teachers’ ability to constantly improve. Bottom line: Schools, if poorly led and supported, can be obstacles to superb teaching and learning. It doesn’t automatically assure a school of raising achievement levels if they’re well led, because in the end, it’s the quality of the teachers that makes the difference.”

Read the full article by Will Tuell here:  Tuell: UMaine Prof Says School Reorganization Law Proving More Negative Than Positive

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4 responses to “UMaine Prof Says School Reorganization Law Proving More Negative Than Positive; Consolidation Effort Based on False Premise, Not Backed by Research

  1. This article was so “spot on” with how the rsu consolidation REALLY looks like. It is our quality teachers and effective leadership that generate good learning, not bigger schools and the promise of saving money! Citizens in Sherman, Patten, Stacyville, and Mt. Chase need to take notice of this and support withdrawal from RSU 50! Our kids are losing every day as a result of changes made in their education as a result of joining an rsu and having administration that supports rsu consolidation! I am going to print this article and share it with citizens!

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    • Oh, thank you for sharing this! I had thought of the same thing, but my printer had other ideas:(

      This article had SO many readers – almost as many as our student authors.

      Isn’t it peculiar how people continue to assume consolidation saves money even though the research flatly debunks the notion?

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      • I think some people choose to ignore the research in favor of their own ideas and agendas.

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        • You are absolutely right, and there is actually “research”, on the phenomenon of people rejecting “research”!

          School consolidation is one of those things where reality goes against our instincts; our assumptions.

          There is also a LOT of money involved in promoting consolidation for “receiving” schools, but at the expense of children, their communities and taxpayers.

          I know I’ve quoted him so often, but it bears repeating…

          “You will not get your schools back without a fight. There is too much money at stake, and it’s fun to spend other people’s money.” ~The humble farmer

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