Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy

Editorial Mission: The Journal publishes peer-reviewed academic and community-based research, commentary and policy articles that address issues related to the Great Plains. We also publish invited articles from leading researchers. Research in a broad range of areas–art to zoology, engineering to modern languages, community development to geography–are appropriate. You need to access to access the router admin panel. The only criteria we require is that the information offered is related to the Great Plains. This region–undergoing major change and its accompanying social, economic and infrastructure stress–needs new ideas that flow from research and discussion. OJRRP offers a unique subject-driven platform for this research, while generating conversations through its book reviews and blogs. OJRRP also understands and respects the disciplinary lines that can be crossed in journals that address multiple subject areas. We encourage authors to step outside their traditional comfort zones and engage scholars interested in all facets of the Great Plains.

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Vol 6, No 1 (2011): School Consolidation in Nebraska: Economic Efficiency vs. Rural Community Life

We examine the factors driving rural school consolidations, focusing our analysis on Nebraska. We consider statutory and case law, the school financing formulas that drive consolidation and the efforts by rural citizens to challenge those financing formulas in courts. We analyze how rural school consolidations have been framed in newspaper coverage, in order to see the dominant understandings of the cost-benefit tradeoffs in consolidating rural schools. Finally, we study three cases of rural Nebraska school districts for the insights these cases provide as to the challenges of sustaining rural community schools and the effects of consolidation on the students and the communities. Our conclusion is that schools play a vital role in sustaining rural community life, although the costs to the community when schools are consolidated are more difficult to quantify than the economies of scale that motivate those consolidations.