Rural Policy Matters: April 2006


Last Updated: April 01, 2006
 

Rural Policy Matters: April 2006

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This issue of Rural Policy Matters (RPM) explores school-community partnerships that are helping rural students and communities thrive, with examples from six communities: Rappahannock County, Virginia; East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana; Wakefield, Nebraska; Worth County, Missouri; Elgin, Nebraska; and Ojai, California.
 
School-Community Partnerships Benefit Both
Increasingly, rural schools and communities are heeding such wisdom. This issue of Rural Policy Matters (RPM) explores school-community partnerships that are helping rural students and communities thrive...
 
New Mexico Provides Support to Rural Schools to Engage in Community Revitalization
The New Mexico Department of Education wants to improve rural education in the state by funding schools to engage their students and teachers in direct efforts to revitalize and improve the economically distressed communities the schools serve...
 
Small Districts — An Achievement Strategy for Iowa
Iowa's small school districts are an "achievement blessing" that should play an important role in the state's strategy to improve education and they should be "intentionally supported" in the state's school funding system, according to a new report by the Rural School and Community Trust...
 
Making the School Useful to the Community — Rappahannock County, Virginia
Rappahannock County, Virginia schools have developed a wide-range of learning opportunities that enable students to meet a local community need while developing their own academic capabilities. The result is a variety of innovative partnerships that make life in the county better for students and for local residents...
 
School-Based Clinic Serves All — East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
East Feliciana Parish school district and RKM-Primary Care Clinic collaborated to create a school-based health clinic — two in fact. The partnership has benefited both the school and community residents in a variety of ways...
 
Building a New Community — Wakefield, Nebraska
The community of Wakefield, Nebraska created a Family Resource Center that has eased the transition for a small community experiencing rapid economic, cultural, and demographic change...
 
Partnerships Spur Library, National Park, and Preschool — Worth County, Missouri
Worth County School District and a variety of community partners have worked together to develop a school-community library, a preschool, and a National Park (that's right) with a track, outdoor classroom, amphitheater, garden, and paths...
 
School and Church Partner to Create Community Preschool — Elgin, Nebraska
When Elgin, Nebraska decided to create a preschool four years ago, they expected some great things to happen. They've had some surprises along the way and one of them is that their preschool program has attracted the attention of several young families interested in moving to this community...
 
Partners Create Child Care and Performing Arts Complex — Ojai, California
Community organizations and the schools in Ojai, California have a long history of friendly relations. Two collaborations are featured here: the Smart Start program, which offers preschool and before and after school programs, and the development of a performing arts complex shared by Nordhoff High School and the Ojai Performing Arts Theater Academy...
 
Nebraska Legislature Active as Rural Education Advocates Work
Nebraska's unicameral (one house) legislature has proposed a flurry of bills related to school finance since the Nebraska Coalition for Educational Equity and Adequacy (NCEEA) filed a school finance adequacy case in 2004...
 
Rural School Funding News
 
 
North Dakota Funding Lawsuit on Hold
Nine school districts in North Dakota have agreed to stay a school funding lawsuit pending the outcome of the next legislative session...
 
North Carolina Judge Demands State Action on "Failing" High Schools
The judge presiding over the North Carolina school finance lawsuit known as Leandro has written a letter to state education officials demanding that high schools with records of poor test scores be given new leadership and be restructured or closed if scores don't improve by the end of the 2005-06 school year.
 
Arizona Increases Funding for English Language Learner Programs
An Arizona bill that will increase funding for programs for English Language Learners (ELL) awaits federal district court review before becoming law.
 
Adequacy Plaintiffs Win Summary Judgement in New Hampshire
The plaintiff school districts in New Hampshire's current adequacy lawsuit, Londonderry School District v. State have won summary judgment before a state superior court...
 
Colorado Coalition Loses Funding
Children's Voices, a Colorado coalition representing 14 school districts and numerous parents lost its funding suit at the state court level when Denver District Judge Michael Martinez dismissed their case...
 
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Rural High Schools in the Southeast Are Larger and Have Higher Poverty Rates Than in Other States
How do rural high poverty rates and school sizes in southeastern states compare with the rest of the nation?