In district size, how large is too large?

While people in various states debate whether school districts should consolidate, a less frequently asked question is, “how large is too large?” While doing some research on another question, I came across a list of the biggest school districts in the country.

During the 2003-2004 school year, 87 school districts had more than 50,000 students enrolled. (In Kansas, USD 259 Wichita ranked 91, at just under 49,000 students.)

At that size, economies of scale disappear and size becomes a liability rather than an asset.

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