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Consolidation, also referred to as regionalization or reorganization, is the process of joining two or more schools or districts into a single entity. State policymakers seeking efficiencies in K-12 education often explore district consolidation as a means of decreasing education expenditures. For decades researchers and policymakers have debated the benefits of consolidation.
SREB reports on education governance and finance actions in member states and, by request, researches specific issues to help policymakers understand and compare practices in other states.
A snapshot of what local K-12 governance looks like in SREB states.
Charter schools have grown from a novel educational experiment into a high-profile part of education reform. But research on charter schools is limited, so key policy questions remain about the effectiveness of charter schools, their impact on traditional public schools, appropriate funding policies, and performance accountability.
How states use data about the number of students living in poverty to distribute state funding to public schools or to target programs to students from low-income families.
The various sources of state funding that support K-12 and higher education.
Shared services arrangements combine individual functions of two or more school districts to yield cost savings. These arrangements can take several forms. States review district operations and provide information that encourages sharing services.
Some school districts may opt to share superintendents, particularly in tough financial times. Factors including number of districts influence this decision, and state incentives play a role in encouraging districts to adopt the option.