Some lessons for adults in a study of four pairs of school districts that merged in the wake of state-mandated consolidation. Researchers at the U of A and UALR interviewed students, parents and teachers in the districts, and found that on the whole, students adjusted more quickly than adults, and, no surprise, people from the consolidated district had a harder time adjusting than people in the receiving district.
The researchers say they can’t generalize their findings to all consolidated districts, though, because the districts they studied all merged without much controversy. Administrators in districts where consolidation was more contentious declined to cooperate.

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