“Consolidation lowers administrative overhead, improves efficiency and will save taxpayers 0 million.” The outcome in Illinois could be mandatory school consolidation, something that is currently voluntary.
According to some estimates, the governor’s plan could eliminate more than 500 school districts in the state.
The National Education Policy Center research review is the most recent one found in our search.
However, while the literature on consolidation may not provide a direct road map for making decisions, it does provide a useful overview of issues, together with estimates of cost savings and cautions for those going forward with consolidation.
Here is a summary of the major findings from the literature: Here is some of the most recent and publicly available research.
Feasibility of School District Services Consolidation: Evaluation Report [PDF]Idaho Legislature, Office of Performance Evaluations. This report of the Idaho Legislature examined the feasibility of consolidating district services and found that consolidating three types of services—purchasing of supplies, transportation, and staff development—could yield potential savings.
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Reference Desk is a service provided by a collaborative of the REL program, funded by the U. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
At the opposite extreme, 14 states have more than 300 public school districts.