On Research Based Policy – “The Political Economy of School Consolidation”

791066-My_introdution_to_Duck_and_Cover_Patten“…(“technical”) arguments, tiresomely repeated in the current round of school 
 closings, actually serve to conceal the social, political, and economic agendas intended to change the behavior of the affected parties (communities, parents, and students). Intentional concealment is all the more likely given recent empirical evidence discrediting substantial portions of the traditional “technical” arguments against small-scale schooling. Decades of research on appro- priate school size fail to document anything like the benefits for large schools advertised during this century (Smith & DeYoung, 1988). More- over, evidence that small schools actually blunt the negative effects of educational disadvantage (variously construed) on academic achieve- ment continues to accumulate (Fowler & Walberg, 1991; Friedkin & Necochea, 1988; Howley, 1989; Huang & Howley, in press; Plecki,)

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The Political Economy Of Rural School Consolidation

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