Project Type IQP Submission date 2010-10-13 Authors Alexander Joseph Alvarez, MGE Dimitri Loucagos, BIO Sabbir M Rashid, srashid@WPI.EDU, ECE URN E-project-101310-193036 Division Urban and Environmental Planning Center Boston, Massachusetts Sponsor State Representative Anne Gobi Title A Cost-Benefit Analysis of School Regionalization in Massachusetts Advisors Wyglinski, Alexander, EE Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan, ID Availability unrestricted
The need for cost efficient methods of maintaining education has been crucial in the state of Massachusetts. In order to verify whether or not school district regionalization is a viable solution to the education budget crisis in the state, a cost-benefit analysis was conducted to determine the social and fiscal implications of school consolidation in the sample frame, Worcester County. Several hypotheses were tested by data-driven research and replication of research models to compare and find correlations between various socioeconomic indicators. Furthermore, the General Laws of Massachusetts and current legislature regarding regionalization were reviewed, leading to the endorsement of a legislative bill and recommendation to reevaluate the current education funding formula.
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