Did massive school consolidation in the 1990s save West Virginia money and improve student performance? Listen to this discussion of the evidence.
As Fayette County fights over school consolidation, The Front Porch gang questions whether the promises made about school consolidation ever came true.*
Scott Finn recounts the award-winning investigation he did with Eric Eyre of the Charleston Gazette, Closing Costs. The series found that West Virginia failed to save money after closing 300 schools in the 1990s, and rural students suffered from long bus rides that exceeded state guidelines (see below.)
Studies show that consolidation is especially dangerous for low-income rural children, and for younger students. They suffer the most from losing their community schools, while not really benefiting from increased offerings like some high school students.
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