Study Suggests School Consolidation Most Efficient

December 19, 2002
Posted at: 8:15 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas school districts of 750 students or more are the most efficient both in cost savings and in student performance. That's according to a study by a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor, former state Higher Education Department Director Gary Chamberlin.

The study lends support to the argument for consolidation of the state's many small, rural districts as a way to overhaul Arkansas' failing education system. Chamberlin, who has been involved in Arkansas education since the late 1960s, said curiosity prompted his efforts to analyze years of data from the Arkansas Department of Education.

He said that what he learned from the data is that consolidation is something that is going to have to happen if Arkansas is to achieve what it wants for its children.

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