The big schools myth

Editor of the Reformer:

Your editorial regarding Act 46 perpetuates the myths that larger schools are somehow more efficient than smaller schools. This is countered by data from the Vermont Agency of Education website showing per pupil spending has little correlation to school size (and seems to be dropping, on average, over $3000 per pupil from FY2014 to 2015).

Despite the commonly held belief that bigger schools are more efficient, often times the costs of managing larger institutions and greater numbers of students and teachers can be more costly and less responsive than smaller schools. Student learning is a nuanced process and the metrics for effective schools are much more complex than spending figures or classes offered. In short, bigger is not always better and in many cases in education, it can be much worse for individual student success.

Rick Gordon, Westminster, Nov. 11