Consolidating school distrcts
The number of school districts varies widely from state to state.
In 1965, Michigan had more than 1,200 school districts.
Still, hundreds of parents marched in protest and took their opposition to the ballot box.
On election day, 79 percent voted against the proposed consolidation.
Legislatures and governors recently have given increased attention to school consolidation.
Facing mounting budget shortfalls and searching desperately for avenues to cut spending, some state leaders have examined possible savings by forcing smaller districts to close. Pat Quinn called for a consolidation commission to review the number of school districts in his state.
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At the opposite extreme, 14 states have more than 300 public school districts (See table).