Rural Policy Matters: August 2009


Last Updated: August 24, 2009
 

Rural Policy Matters: August 2009

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Fact and Figures About Parent Involvement in Children's Homework
Question: In what locales are parents most likely to check their children’s homework?
 
High-Poverty Rural, Small Town Districts Concentrated in Distinct Regions
The poorest rural school districts educate more than a million students with poverty rates higher than many cities. These districts are concentrated in distinct regions, mainly across the southern half of the country from California to North Carolina and into central Appalachia…
 
Identifying the Poorest Rural Schools
The Rural Trust has identified the 900 poorest rural districts in the country. Here’s how we did it…
 
Getting Real About Rural Schools
Misconceptions about rural schools abound and they hurt students and communities, especially in the toughest places. In this essay we explore some of the realities of rural education and some of the things that would actually make a positive difference…
 
Groups Address School Pushout Crisis
As community groups and child advocates respond to increasing incidents of severe and excessive school discipline and rising rates of students being pushed out of school, it’s becoming clearer what kinds of approaches can help…
 
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Ohio Gets New School Finance System
Ohio gets a new funding formula, despite current budget situation…
 
Rural South Dakota Schools Win Major Victory
South Dakota districts will be allowed to participate in school finance lawsuit…
 
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Percentage of Public School Students Whose Parents Check That Homework Is Done
Percentage of public school students whose parents check that homework is done, by grade level and locale.
 
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Rural Students Less Likely to Aspire to or Attend College
Rural students are, on average, less likely to aspire to college, less likely to attend, and less likely to earn a degree than their urban and suburban counterparts. There are several explanations and things schools can do…