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Between 1940 and 2000, by how much did the number of public school districts in the U.S. decrease?

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The number of public school districts in the U.S. decreased from about 117,00 in 1940 to 15,000 in 2000, a decline of 87%. Over the past century, the U.S. public education system has become increasingly centralized. This refers to the transfer of decision-making authority from individuals, teachers, schools, and local governments to state or national governments.

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