They have been pushing school district consolidation in several States as of recently. In Vermont, they actually just pulled off a round of consolidation. Connecticut is pushing for it, but the push back has caused the Governor to back off somewhat. Rhode Island wants to consolidate 52 School Districts down to 4. Illinois is pushing forward with attempts. Efforts have stalled out for the most part in Pennsylvania.
In Arizona, of all places, a bill has passed the House and is currently in the Senate that would require the consolidation of many of the 207 current school districts in that state.
Here in Pennsylvania, we have 500 school districts. Most have have either 1 Sr. High School or 1 Jr./Sr. High School, 0 or 1 Middle Schools, and 1 to 4 elementary schools. A small number of urban districts have multiple high schools. Philadelphia County constitutes 1 district and has many schools of all types.
For the most part, I strongly oppose FORCED consolidation in Pennsylvania, though in one case, I would support forced consolidation, that being the Austin Area School District and its roughly 120 students from K to 12.
There are a few districts where I would support voluntary consolidation, but in most cases, consolidation would likely bring little if any benefits.
In States other than Pennsylvania, I do support forced consolidation in a number of instances. Arizona, like many States, has elementary only districts, high school only districts along with some districts that contain schools from K to 12. I would support forced consolidation to the point where all districts provide K to 12 education. Ideally, each district would, in most cases, consist of 1 High School + the Middle and Elementary Schools feeding to that High School. Some urban districts might encompass multiple high schools.
However, I do not support mega consolidation to the county wide level.
Consolidation can be helpful, but only to a certain point.
In Pennsylvania, I don’t think forced consolidation (such as happened in the 1940’s to the 1960’s) will ever be repeated. Too much grass roots opposition at the rural level and most rural legislators will be unlikely to support it.