The School Administrator

October 1997Size Mattersfor Classes, Schools, Districts


  • Small Classes, Big Possibilities

    by Charles M. Achilles

    The author, a former investigator with Tennessee’s Project STAR study, laments the lack of widespread efforts to reduce the size of classes in spite of documented benefits. Also: What the research on class size offers and additional resources. Achilles is a professor of educational administration at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.

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  • Successful School Downsizing

    by Mary Anne Raywid

    An authority on the small-schools movement offers some recommendations to central-office administrators interested in creating smaller units. Also: The theory behind smaller schools and additional resources. Raywid, professor emerita of education at Hofstra University, is a member of the Graduate Affiliate Faculty, College of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.

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  • Dumbing Down By Sizing Up

    by Craig Howley

    The director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, Charleston, W.Va., dispels the notions that large schools provide better learning opportunities at less cost than smaller units. Also: Additional resources.

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  • Rural Schools in a Global Economy

    by Hobart Harmon

    Effective management practices and a keen sense of identity can enable rural school leaders to prepare students for a global economy, according to a rural education expert with the Appalachia Educational Laboratory. Also: How to judge if your beliefs fit in a rural environment and additional resources. Harmon is senior manager of the National Rural Education Specialty at the Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Charleston, W.Va.

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  • When Bigger Can Be Better

    by Jerry D. Weast

    The merger of three schools into one has yielded plenty of significant benefits, according to the superintendent in Guilford County, N.C., now the nation’s 60th largest school district. Also: The superintendent’s three toughest merger-related decisions.

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    Benny L. Gooden by JAY P. GOLDMAN

    superintendent, Fort Smith, Ark., Public Schools

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    Keep Good Teachers Teaching by Jeffrey Weld

    instructor, departments of education and science, Central College, Pella, Iowa, and, doctoral candidate, science education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

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    Marketing Your School District Without Hiring New Staff by Ronald J. Leon

    superintendent, Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Heights, Calif.

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    Guest Column

    Downsizing’s Not a Foreign Term in Our Schools by Gary A. Burton

    superintendent, Wayland Public Schools, Wayland, Mass.

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    Federal Dateline

    Plan Now for E-Rate Discounts This Winter by Kari Arfstrom

    legislative specialist, AASA

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    Facilitating Effectiveness with Your School Board Team by Craig L. Bangtson

    superintendent, Grayson County Schools, Leitchfield, Ky.

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    A Sure Way To Select Less-than-the-Best Principals by Bob Turner

    co-principal, Clifton Elementary School, Clifton, Texas

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    President's Corner

    A Great Squirming Away From Our Responsibility by Karl V. Hertz

    president, AASA

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