Big Trouble for Small Schools

An analysis of the proposed changes to Nebraska’s school finance formula and school structure shows that many of Nebraska’s rural schools could suffer from imposition of a “small by choice” factor. Research has consistently shown that smaller schools have some advantages over their larger counterparts.

The 2005 session of the Nebraska Unicameral and proposals to be considered by the Legislature in 2006 appear to be ignoring these virtues, and may be placing the state and its rural communities down a path of extensive school consolidation through deprivation of much needed state funds. This report will take a look at the Unicameral’s attempts to advance rural school consolidation.

Big Trouble reports in the past have looked at schools facing at least a 10 percent cut in state aid from one year to the next. This Big Trouble report concerns schools with an enrollment of 390 or less as it pertains to legislation introduced during the 2005 Nebraska Unicameral.

Download the report below as a pdf.

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