Editorial: Smart Schools

Numbers of students have nearly doubled nationally in the past 75 years.

But the number of schools has decreased by two-thirds.

Consolidation hurt neighborhood schools.

Now, community-centered schools may be coming back.

Faulkner University's law school is hosting a smart growth and schools summit today that is the first of its kind in the country.

As Alabama prepares to spend more money updating and renovating public schools lessons learned at this conference will help in the planning process.

Where schools are located and what they look like attract people.

All the better if the schools face the neighborhood, you can walk to them and the community is welcomed in them in the evening.

Tests show this can hugely impact dropout rates, student health and community development .

Earmarking the money with a bond issue is a huge step forward.

Spending it well will be the real key.