Rural Policy Matters: July 2009


Last Updated: July 18, 2009
 

Rural Policy Matters: July 2009
Facts and Figures About Education Funding for Rural Districts: States With Least Inequality
Question: Which five states have the least inequality in per pupil school funding among rural districts?
 
Searching for Hamlet: To be or not to be for rural education
The Obama administration has a great chance to learn about rural communities, but only if it will refrain from preaching a predetermined agenda and really listen....
 
White House Meeting on Rural Education Identifies Important Topics
A White House gathering of representatives of a number of rural education organizations identified key issues affecting rural schools and suggested policy initiatives....
 
Rural Parents in Arkansas Sue Over Consolidation
Parents of elementary and secondary students at Fourche Valley School in Arkansas are asking a circuit court judge to block the consolidation of their school....
 
Rural School Funding News
 
 
Indiana Funding Declining and Unlikely to Improve
Budget cuts and a court ruling mean poor schools won’t see funding increases soon....
 
Georgia Cutting Funding for Low Wealth Districts
Georgia reduces state funds that help make up for funding disparities in low wealth districts....
 
Cuts and Consolidation on Table in Pennsylvania Budget
Pennsylvania’s budget battles have put public school districts under threat of consolidation and drawn the attention of the U.S. Department of Education....
 
Recommendations on Changes to NCLB
A diverse group of organizations suggest an overhaul of the federal education law....
 
9th Annual Quality Education Conference
National conference focuses on school funding issues....
 
Special Education Ruling
More special education students could be eligible for reimbursement for private school tuition....
 
More Legal Guidance on Strip Searches
A strip search of a 13-year-old girl was ruled unreasonable by the highest court....
 
ELL Funding in Arizona
Arizona is not violating the Equal Educational Opportunity Act in the way it funds programs for English Language Learners, but a lower court must review....
 
Medicaid Rural Change
Medicaid can continue to reimburse schools for some expenses related to providing services to students with disabilities....
 
Washington State Enacts Reforms During Recession
Washington State takes the unusual action of cutting education spending AND implementing a new reform program....
 
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Percentage of Rural People Aged 5 and Older Who Speak English "Less Than Very Well"
Percentage of rural population who speak English “less than very well” by region....
 
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Teacher and Administrator Knowledge and Attitudes about the Dropout Problem
We take a new approach in this edition of RPM-PX. We provide an informal overview – one that emphasizes our own take – on an important new study. This month we look at "On the Frontlines of Schools: Perspectives of Teachers and Principals on the High School Dropout Problem."