Urban-Normative Reforms Missing the Mark

Rural School Consolidation in New York State, USA

  • Casey Jakubowski State University of New York Albany


Abstract: For close to fifty years, rural and non-metro counties in New York State have suffered economic and demographic declines. This paper examines the impact of urbannormative educational reform efforts on one community, and the continued crisis emerging after the consolidated district closed the elementary school. Using Discourse Analysis, two sets of voices are interrogated for their narrative during the crisis. The paper uses social and traditional media in an effort to uncover often ignored or forgotten voices who argue against the public, dominate narrative concerning rural educational reforms in the United States.

Author Biography

Casey Jakubowski, State University of New York Albany
Graduate student in Education Policy and Leadership Department, School of Education. Previously served as a rural teacher, school district administrator and State Education Department improvement specialist