COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – Lawmakers across South Carolina are considering a plan to consolidate school districts to fix the state’s troubled education system.
At least three bills have been filed this legislative session which propose the consolidation – they believe it would cut costs and offer more resources.
Some educators, though, argue that consolidation is not the answer.
“When you merge two schools together, you lose some of the potential benefits that can be gained from a small school—having that positive effect on student culture and achievement,” said Henry Tran with USC Dept. of Education Leadership and Policies. “And, if you have a rural remote school and merge it, the students will have to travel significantly further and there’s travel cost associated with that.”
Several criteria would be considered with deciding which districts to consolidate, including size.
If the law passes, it could impact 13 districts as early as the next school year.