Income Related Issues

Schools Prove They Can Make Dramatic Improvements With Their Own Teachers: No Sanctions Necessary

The Schools to Watch: School Transformation Network is proving that formerly low-performing middle schools can turn themselves around by focusing on high quality relationships and positive culture and climate.

Building a Great School: No Punitive Sanctions Allowed

Two principals share how a process to build trust and collaboration and empower teachers has led to happy productive schools and soaring student achievement.

Facts and Figures About Median Household Income in the U.S.

Question: What was the median household income in non-metro counties in the U.S. in 2009?

Facts and Figures About Salaries in Rural and Metropolitan Areas

Question: What is the average pay of a  job in a rural area compared to a job in a metropolitan area?
Date: May 30, 2013
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Facts and Figures, Income Related Issues

The Health and Future of Our Community

Students lead economic development prospects in their communities.

School Turnaround Policies Unlikely to Improve Student Performance, According to Report

A new study argues that most current school reforms are unlikely to improve education and may weaken student performance, school climate, and communities. It argues instead for sustained investment in high-poverty schools, support for teachers, and authentic engagement of parents and communities in the development of reforms.

Grandparent Brings Constitutional Challenge to Idaho School Fees

Plaintiffs in a new lawsuit say fees violate the state constitution provision that guarantees "free, common schools" to students. The suit invokes a long-dormant school funding case in the state.

California Law Requiring Charters to Serve Free and Reduced Price Meals Vetoed

Governor Brown's veto revives questions about how well loose oversight serves poor students in charter schools.

STEM STAR Offers Effective Model for Technology Integration in Rural Schools

The STEM STAR model trains high school students to work with teachers and other students to expand their technology skills, integrate technology in teaching and learning, and develop and evaluate substantial technology-infused science project.
Date: September 26, 2012
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Income Related Issues, Investing in Innovation, Technology

New Ruling Is Good News for At-Risk Preschoolers in North Carolina

A North Carolina court has agreed that the state cannot create barriers that prevent children from enrolling in pre-kindergarten programs.
Date: August 28, 2012
Related Categories: In Local News, Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Income Related Issues, Rural School Funding News

Fostering Happiness and Success in the Classroom

Two rural North Carolina elementary schools have been selected as recipients of awards from the Leonore Annenberg School Fund for Children.
Date: July 27, 2012
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Elementary School, Income Related Issues

Chelsea Jerome: 2012 Rural Recipient of Scholarship from Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund

A Vermont student is the latest rural recipient of a scholarship from the Leonore Annenberg College Scholarship Fund.
Date: July 27, 2012
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Income Related Issues

New Report Finds Harmful Health Effects of Harsh Discipline

A new study concludes that harsh and exclusionary school discipline practices can have negative effects on students' mental and physical health and positive discipline can help improve overall well-being. 
Date: July 27, 2012
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Discipline, Income Related Issues

Education Funding Reports Grade States and Districts

Several recent analyses of education spending have been released, and rural school finance advocates will recognize the themes. 

Major School Finance Litigation Underway Again in Kansas

Following a strong decision in their favor, Kansas districts are now challenging the state’s underfunding of education over the past six years.