Category Archives: Consolidated schools

NYT: largest school district consolidation in American history

The New York Times reported yesterday the merger between Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools is the “largest school district consolidation in American history.” This “poses huge logistical challenges” for the transition committee and the new combined school board. … Continue reading

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School transition committee hears from consolidation veterans

WREG covers a meeting of the school transition group meeting with the folks behind the consolidation of schools in Hamilton county (story here). Perhaps the committee should also hear from these UT Martin professors, who seem to have reached some … Continue reading

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The effects of school district consolidation

University of Tennessee at Martin professors Betty Cox and Becky Cox recently performed a study to examine the results of school district consolidation. The pair looked at both existing literature on the subject from the past decade and at their … Continue reading

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Plans offered for new Shelby County school board

Seven competing plans were offered to U.S. District Court Judge Samuel “Hardy” Mays Jr. on Friday, proposals that would offer “a remedy” for selecting a new Shelby County School Board, whose current voting districts the judge declared unconstitutional. Submitting proposals … Continue reading

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With school consolidation, where are the promised savings?

One unfortunate aspect of the school consolidation effort is that it was launched for financial reasons, without any plan for the students in mind. Consolidation supporters such as Stand for Children and Memphis City Councilman Shea Flinn have attested to … Continue reading

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