The Organization and Reorganization of Small Rural Schools

David H. Monk

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Organizational solutions to problems facing small rural schools have a long history and are popular among policy makers. This chapter examines how organizational solutions differ and what are their respective strong and weak points. Comprehensive reorganization entails the merger or consolidation of two or more organizationally distinct schooling units into a single organizational entity. Empirical research has thrown light on the magnitude and range of scale economies associated with one of the more typically studied educational outcomes-cognitive achievement test score gains. Interest in the partial reorganization of schools or school districts grows from the same conceptual base as does interest in the comprehensive approach. One potentially promising development involves pursuing comprehensive reorganization on a gradual and more individually tailored basis. The chapter explores sensitivity presupposes and thereby aspires to contribute to the policy making debate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRural Education (1991)
Subtitle of host publicationIssues and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781351386371
ISBN (Print)9781138501188
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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