Neighborhood Schools

The research on the benefits of neighborhood schools is not as voluminous as that on small schools. However, there is a trend back toward neighborhood schools in the US.

  • For some key findings and analysis see Beaumont, Constance E., and Elizabeth G. Pianca. “Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl: Why Johnny Can’t Walk to School.” Washington, DC: National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2000. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED450557.pdf.
  • For an insightful pointed commentary, see Ehrenhalt, Alan. “Is Education Reform Worth the Demise of Neighborhood Schools?” Governing the States and Localities. http://www.governing.com/columns/assessments/goveducation-reform-demise-neighborhood-schools.html.
  • The analysis of the benefits of neighborhood schools closely parallels the analysis of the benefits of rural schools, which have also been widely abandoned into supposedly (but often not actually) more cost-effective consolidated schools. See for example:
    • Jimerson, Lorna. The Hobbit Effect: Why Small Works in Public Schools. Rural Trust Policy Brief Series on Rural Education. Rural School and Community Trust, 2006. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED497985;
    • Lawrence, Barbara Kent, et al. “Dollars & Sense: The Cost Effectiveness of Small Schools.” Cincinnati, OH and Washington, DC: Knowledge Works Foundation and The Rural School and Community Trust, 2002. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED473168.
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