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Introduction School districts in Connecticut are considering regionalizing their K-12 education services. This report provides a comprehensive literature review to help inform those efforts. 1,2 K-12 regionalization involves combining districts with the possibility of closing schools. It may affect – harming or improving – education outcomes by increasing the number of students in a district and in individual schools. Therefore, this literature review also looks at the consequences that the size of student enrollment has on educational achievement. Towns should weigh potential cost savings versus the consequences to educational achievement when they deliberate on whether or not to regionalize their local school system. This literature review focuses on what is known about the impacts of K-12 regionalization on education expenditures and educational achievement. The findings are based predominantly on more recent empirical studies published since 2000.

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By: Orlando J. Rodriguez Rodriguez – Data Solutions LLC

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