Small schools consolidating into bigger school
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is on record as favoring the addition of incentives to sweeten the deal for local districts that are merging.
This might include building a new school for two districts that merge, or paying off the debt of a school to make it more attractive as a merger partner.
The economic impact to local communities from this lost revenue is another blow to economies already hard hit.
Parental involvement is much greater for smaller schools than for larger schools.
This factor is picked up on by children who value education higher when they see their parents taking a personal interest in it.
These costs will continue to rise as the cost of gasoline rises, which seems likely to continue over the long term.
In areas where school consolidation has occurred, it has been noted that cons for larger schools include a loss of personalization for students whether troubled or gifted.