The strengths inherent in small schools clearly support characteristics and practices associated with findings emanating from "effective schools" research. The challenge facing administrators, teachers, parents, and students attending small schools is to capitalize on many advantages of smallness in order to provide the most meaningful education possible. Not shut it down.
It is important that our kids aren't lost in a sea of hundreds and hundreds of students, that there is a more individualized attention to our children and that there is a sense of community. A small school makes it more difficult for our children to fall through the cracks - and the cracks are much smaller.
If consolidation is going to try to be sold as a long-term, statewide cost cutting measure, it is necessary for policy makers to consider the other side of the equation. The children.
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Jennifer Bernstein, United States3 years ago Comments: I think it is disgusting that the Commonwealth has chosen the most vulnerable population--children--to bear the burden of the proposed budget cuts. Naturally, other cost-saving measures, such as requiring lawmakers/staff to pay more than a paltry ONE PERCENT of their healthcare costs...Or reigning in some of the excessive benefits afforded to former lawmakers, such as fat pensions and free healthcare for life...have not been thrown on the table for consideration. Clearly, it is easier for lawmakers to throw kids under the bus than it is to give up some of their benefits.
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Ivy Stauffer, United States3 years ago Comments: I pray that they will keep PWP open. I attended that school and some of my fondest memories were made at PWP. It is such a wonderful close knit school that it would be a great loss to close the building down.
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