Will making schools an even bigger bureaucracy really save the taxpayer money, and is there enough research to prove this? Consolidation may help rural students get the services they need, but is there evidence suggesting that consolidation will provide better services for all kids? And with all this focus on saving the taxpayer money, have we lost sight of what is so important, and that's the QUALITY of education for our KIDS?
Rep. Karen Beyer says in The Morning Call that "the creation of large districts allows a more standardized curriculum across a region." Good God, is that what we really want, MORE standardization? A "one size fits all" education for our kids? Just mix that in with the already stifling NCLB "teaching to the test" curriculum and it's a recipe for disaster. This is why decisions about education need to be made by experienced teachers, not politicians or CEOs.