Iowa Losing Rural School Districts

Last Updated: September 28, 2010

This article appeared in the September 2010 Rural Policy Matters.

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Iowa is seeing an increase in the number of district consolidations, and more districts are considering consolidation as a way to deal with mounting financial pressures. Some school leaders have charged that Iowa’s per-pupil funding system, with steady reductions in the state’s budget guarantee, along with declining enrollment, are partly to blame. Some districts are consolidating small schools, and Iowans anticipate more of these closures ahead.

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