Is it possible that the current public education system reform to serve all students, even children it now "leaves behind?" The answer is Yes. Higher graduation rates, less violence, a sense of belonging instead of alienation: the case for small schools is supported by tons of evidence and a growing number of innovative models. However, many state and local governments insist on their consolidation efforts, fueled by a rather misguided belief in the effectiveness of larger schools.
It is my theory that the central reason taxpayers have not passed more bond elections for more and smaller schools is that our districts are too large. Their suspicions say that their money is going to benefit some other part of the district. The district is no longer their community, but instead a larger government entity.