The study found that "even under the most aggressive assumptions for administrative savings," there would be no real estate tax savings for the median homeowner.In nine districts, homeowners making the median income would actually pay more in real estate and earned income taxes, the study said.House Education Committee votes unanimously Monday on a resolution that asks for a legislative study on the pros and cons of consolidating some for the state’s 500 school districts.(Colt Shaw / The Morning Call) HARRISBURG —In an effort to trim taxpayer costs, a Montgomery County lawmaker has entered a long line of legislators looking to merge some of the state's 500 school districts.The National Education Policy Center research review is the most recent one found in our search.It discusses issues of presumed benefits of consolidation: fiscal efficiency and higher educational quality.
Consolidation of Schools and Districts: What the Research Says and What it Means Howley, C., Johnson, J., & Petrie, J. University of Colorado, National Education Policy Center.
The last time Pennsylvania merged districts statewide was in the 1960s.
However, the Legislature also increased the number of administrators and teachers with the 1997 passage of the state charter school law and the cyber charter school law a few years later. For example, in the 2000-01 school year, there were 1.8 million students, Department of Education records show.
However, while the literature on consolidation may not provide a direct road map for making decisions, it does provide a useful overview of issues, together with estimates of cost savings and cautions for those going forward with consolidation.
Here is a summary of the major findings from the literature: Here is some of the most recent and publicly available research.