Eye on Education

Should More School Districts Be Consolidated?

For years now – and especially since the Great Recession – the idea of consolidating local government services, and even governments themselves, has been pushed by some as a necessary step toward greater efficiency and savings. That idea can be applied to school districts too, and has been in the case of two northwest Ohio districts that will welcome back students this fall under a single banner. In its Friday editorial The Toledo Blade calls it a prudent move, and argues for more such mergers in the future.

In the past two decades, decreases in state aid, depressed property values, and anti-tax sentiments, among other things, have forced local governments and school districts to do more with less. Communities have tried to operate more efficiently by sharing administrative duties and police, fire, and other services.

Read more at: www.toledoblade.com

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