Some highlights from the ad:
- The 232 students at Oldham-Ramona and Rutland cost the state about $44,000 more than the aid formula would send if those kids went to bigger schools. That $44,000 supports 60 jobs and $3 million of district expenditures... also known as economic activity (Rutland pays teachers; teachers buy gas, groceries, and houses; everyone's happy).
- The small schools don't argue that they are absolutely better than large schools. They recognize that while smal schools are better for some kids, big schools are better for others.
The small schools want every family to have a full range of choices to provide their children with the educational experience that's best for them (and isn't that what we all want?)
- The real problem is that the State of South Dakota isn't meeting its obligation to sufficiently fund any schools, large or small. South Dakota remains dead, dead last in per-student state funding, leaving local districts to struggle to raise captial through opt-outs.