A couple of months ago, the New York Times had several experts comment on the KCMO School Board's decision to close half of the city's schools.
On expert thought that small schools performed better than larger ones because students got more individual attention and that by consolidating the schools, class size would be larger and thus students would get a worse education.
One expert noted that the district could use the empty school buildings to promote the further development of charter schools (Kansas City already has 26 Charter schools).
One expert believes that fewer local neighborhood schools and longer travel times will lead to lower attendance rates -- which will lead to higher drop-out rates. In Chicago, the closing of many neighborhood schools helped lead to an increase in gang violence.
And one expert said the most important thing is that the schools focus on doing what is ideal based on declining revenue and that the quality of the education is most important.
All are probably right to some degree.