Rural Policy Matters: September 2009


Last Updated: September 29, 2009
 

Rural Policy Matters: September 2009

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Fact and Figures About U.S. Students Attending Schools in Rural Communities
Question: What percentage of U.S. students attends schools located in rural communities?
 
Rural North Carolinians Raise Essential Issues with Secretary Duncan
Members of the North Carolina Rural Education Working Group put some tough questions to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about education in rural areas…
 
Why Rural Matters 2009: Sneak Preview
The signature biennial report on rural education will be released later this fall. We provide a glimpse into the report…
 
Race to Where?
An incisive look at some of the issues in the charter guidelines for Race to the Top funding. And an interesting alternative…
 
Bus Rides at Issue in Arkansas Legal Appeal
Parents and students in an isolated rural community are claiming that their constitutional rights to an adequate and equitable education are violated by long bus rides since the local school was closed…
 
New Name, Expanded Mission for Arkansas's ACRE
A venerable rural education advocacy group is expanding its mission and working to claim a better future with more opportunities for all of rural Arkansas…
 
North Carolina Voices: Radio Series Addresses Rural Education Issues
WUNC Reporter Dave DeWitt visits Warren County to bring listeners the latest edition of the award-winning North Carolina Voices series. The Rural Trust's Executive Director Dr. Doris Terry Williams and Policy Director Marty Strange are featured in the first segment of the series.…
 
Rural Missouri Ozarks Schools join Rural School Innovation Network
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks has launched the Rural Schools Partnership, a comprehensive effort to enhance rural education through alternative resource development, collaboration, and place-based education strategies. The Rural Trust is a partner in this program…
 
Rural School Funding News
 
 
Missouri Court Says Education Not a Fundamental Right
Missouri students are not entitled to equal funding because education is not a fundamental right and the state is meeting its constitutional spending requirement for education…
 
Kansas May Take Up School Consolidation
Some Kansas legislators are looking at consolidation as a way to reduce spending…
 
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Ratio of Dollars Spent on Instruction for Every One Dollar Spent on Transportation
Ratio of education dollars spent on instruction to dollars spent on transportation, by rural, suburban, town, and urban locales.
 
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Understanding and Addressing the Achievement Gap
A number of factors explain the devastating gap in achievement between middle and upper income white students and students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. In this report we look at one of several recent reports that examines the gap and what can be done about it…