Rural Policy Matters: October 2009


Last Updated: October 30, 2009
 

Rural Policy Matters: October 2009

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Fact and Figures About Rural Schools in the United States
Question: What percentage of schools in the U.S. are rural?
 
Same Old Consolidation Claims at Issue in Maine Vote
Mandatory district consolidation — for rural small districts — is shifting education costs to rural towns and breaking down Maine's traditions of self-governance. Next month voters will decide whether to reject the law that is forcing the dissolution of many of the state's school districts. Supporters of self-governance are urging citizens to reject a law they say is unfair, badly conceived, and unable to improve education, while consolidation advocates are making a variety of claims about "the facts..."
 
Title I Inequities in Plain Language
Some districts get less Title I money per eligible student than others, often much less, even in districts with very high poverty rates. That discrepancy is explained here with easy-to-understand examples...
 
New NSBA Publication May Help Rural Districts with Growing ELL Populations
Guide provides useful information about the legal responsibilities of school districts for the education of students learning English, including students who may lack proper immigration documentation...
 
Rural School Funding News
 
 
Charter School Funding Suits
Several states have school funding lawsuits involving charter schools. This is a relatively new development in the school finance world. RSFN summarizes these new developments here...
 
New Mexico Districts Contemplating Lawsuit
A school funding lawsuit may be in the making in New Mexico after the state's Senate failed to take up a bill revising the finance formula...
 
Kansas School Funding Coalition Reorganizing
Kansas districts may attempt to re-open a long-standing lawsuit now that funding levels have dropped lower than they were before the suit...
 
Oklahoma Funding Battle Heating Up
Both sides are trying to persuade voters on a constitutional amendment in Oklahoma that would require the state to spend more on K-12 education...
 
New Georgia Funding Organization Speaks Out
After a series of attempts by the state to stop a group of school districts from suing the state over school funding, a new coalition has issued a report examining the need for changes in Georgia's finance system...
 
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Total Number of Regular Public Schools in the United States, 2006-07
This chart, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, shows the total number and locations of regular public schools in the United States for the school year 2006-07...
 
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The Achievement Gap: Further Exploration of Factors That Undermine Achievement
RPM-PX continues its exploration of the achievement gap and how barriers to learning affect different groups of students...