Rural Policy Matters: November 2008


Last Updated: November 06, 2008
 


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The November 2008 Rural Policy Matters included the articles "A Win for Everyone: Arkansas’s Teacher Housing Incentives Help Schools Keep Teachers, Help Teachers Grow Investments, and Help Communities Build Wealth"; "Maine's Struggle with Consolidation Law Continues"; and information about changes to Pennsylvania's school funding formula.

Facts and Figures About Rural Families and Poverty
What percentage of rural families live in poverty?

2009 REWG: Make Your Plans
The North Carolina state Rural Education Working Group is hosting the 8th annual REWG meeting in April. Members describe why the meeting is important to them...

Federal Election Outcomes
The composition of some congressional committees dealing with education will change...

State Election Update: A Sampler
Several states had education issues on the ballot. We take a look at some of them...

A Win for Everyone: Arkansas's Teacher Housing Incentives
Recruiting teachers is no small challenge for many rural schools especially those in communities where many people struggle economically...

Giving with One Hand, Taking Away with the Other
Schools in Pennsylvania now get state funding based, in part, on a "location cost metric" and the results aren't pretty for many rural schools...

Economic Bailout Renews Secure Rural Schools Act
Schools in so-called forest counties will get four more years of federal funding...

Maine's Struggle with Consolidation Law Continues
The Maine Coalition to Save Schools filed a citizen initiated petition to repeal the state's school consolidation law in October...

State Housing Assistance Programs for Teachers: A Sampler
Several states provide some kind of assistance to teachers as a recruitment incentive for hard-to-staff schools. We provide information about some of those programs...

Home Ownership is a Wonderful Thing: Teachers Share Their Experiences with the Arkansas Teacher Housing Assistance Program
RPM talks to four teachers who have participated in Arkansas's unique program to assist teachers in high-priority school districts with housing expenses...

Infusing Heritage and Connectedness in Academic Support in North Carolina
In North Carolina, a committed community group is making a difference for young people and the whole community...

Cutting Curriculum for NCLB
The pressures of NCLB have put recess in danger in some schools; but the real danger is to subjects other than math and reading, at least for some students...

Rural School Funding News

Rural School Funding News: Wide-Ranging Developments in Arizona
Developments in Arizona could mean major policy changes for rural schools...

Rural School Funding News: Georgia Governor Wants Lawsuit Participation Blocked
Georgia's governor tries to stop school districts from paying dues to coalition...

Rural School Funding News: Minnesota Districts Seeking Local Funding
Rural Minnesotans vote on school funding initiatives...

Rural School Funding News: New Mexico Group Advocates Smaller Schools
Policy group advocates limiting school size...

RSFN-Extras: New Hampshire Funding Lawsuit Dismissed
The state Supreme Court has said that New Hampshire is doing enough to meet its constitutional obligations and dismissed the 17-year-old Londonderry school funding case...

RSFN-Extras: Colorado Funding Issues to Go Before High Court
The Colorado Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on appeal in the Lobato school funding case...

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Graph: Percent Public Schools Offering Distance Learning Courses
This graph shows the percentage of public schools that offer distance learning courses, ranked by population markers: city, urban fringe, and rural...

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Characteristics of a Successful High-Poverty Rural School: A Review
A discussion of a paper presented at this year's American Education Research Association that attempts to answer the question of why some rural schools do better than others...