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  Why Johnny Can't Walk to School

"They have recycling bins in the cafeteria and yet they were planning to cart the whole school off to the landfill." Dan Becker

This report examines policies for their effects on historic neighbourhood schools. Along the way a number of questions are considered:
*Are public policies inadvertently sabotaging the very type of community-centered school that many parents and educators are calling for today?
*Do some policies and practices promoe mega-school sprawl at the expense of older neighbourhoods?
*Why can't kids walk to school anymore?
*How have some school districts overcome policy and other barrriers to the retention and modernization of old historic schools?

Read The Report Think bigger is better? Some people would have you belive this, however the Faculity of Education and School of Communication at Simon Fraser University completed a study published in February, 2007. We encourage you to read this report for yourself. Here is an excerpt from the study's conclusion:

"This report shows clearly that there is a growing expert consensus that small schools not only have an academic achievement advantage but also promote character development, emotional stability among their students, collegial working environment for teachers, as well as an increased public confidence and parent satisfaction with the schools their children attend."

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  Cotton, K (1996) Northwest Regional Educational Labratory
School size, school climate, and student performance
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  Gregory, T (2000) Inidana University
School reform and the no-man's-land of high school size
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  KnowledgeWorks Foundation and The Rural School and Community Trust
Dollars and Sense: The Cost Effectiveness of Small Schools

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