Too Many School Districts?

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, May 9, 2013

As the budget fights in local school districts has played out, some parents have repeatedly called for their school boards to cut administrative costs.

State Sen. John Wozniak (D-35th) says he’d like to see that notion taken further by merging school districts together.

“I have districts out in Western Pennsylvania that are graduating 23 students. That’s just crazy,” said Wozniak, who has advocated for consolidation for decades. “We have incredible redundancy in insurance policies, bus contracts, superintendents, assistant superintendents, business agents, assistant business agents.”

Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) proposed creating a commission to study the issue with the goal of having no more than 100 school districts, a significant drop from the existing 500 school districts.

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