Following up on the previous post about the growing movement to create smaller high schools, Tim Lauer points to several districts in his area of Oregon that are trying this concept. One of those small school experiments is profiled in an article from the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory.
Tim and an email also reminded me that many of these small school reform programs are being funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through their Transforming High Schools initiative. The people at the Foundation certainly make a good case for using this model to shake up the structure of public schools. As I said before, just changing the size of the school will not by itself improve high school education. But looking at the overly large high schools in our district (three have 4000 students in grades 7-12), also makes me think this would be a good place to start.