Rural Policy Matters: December 2009


Last Updated: December 30, 2009
 

Rural Policy Matters: December 2009

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Fact and Figures About Rural Schools in Non-Rural School Districts
Question: What percentage of students in rural schools attends a school that is in a non-rural district?
 
Large Very Low Poverty Districts Benefit in Title I Formula at Expense of High Poverty Districts Large and Small
New analysis of the effects of “number-weighting” in the Title I formulas demonstrate that very low poverty large districts are big winners, getting more money per poor student than very high poverty large districts. Smaller very poor districts lose vital support for the most vulnerable student to large high and low poverty districts because of the effects of the formula...
 
Race to Top Revisions Slightly Better for Rural Schools
New guidelines for Race to the Top applications are slightly better for rural schools...
 
Race to the Top Criteria: The RPM Analysis
RPM provides a brief interpretation of the 19 criteria on which RTTT awards points to state grant proposals...
 
Rural Low-Graduation Rate Districts Are High-Poverty, High-Minority
High-poverty districts with low graduation rates in the southwestern and southeastern United States tend to enroll high percentages of minority students...
 
Here and There Across the Rural U.S.
State and regional education news...
 
Rural School Funding News
 
 
Nebraska Cuts Likely to Hit Rural Districts Harder
Changes to the state’s funding formula will cause cuts to state education funding to hit Nebraska’s rural districts hard...
 
Adequacy Lawsuit File in Florida
Decreases in state funding and unequal impact on low-income and minority students are the basis of claims against the Sunshine State...
 
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Map of States With Especially High Numbers of Rural Students
Eleven states have especially high numbers of rural students. Together these students represent much of the rural diversity characteristic of the nation as a whole: areas of extreme poverty, racial/ethnic diversity, a variety of economic bases, and a range of school and district configurations.
 
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Helping Students Prepare for College
Increasing college-going rates, especially among low-income and first-generation students, is widely cited as necessary for improving life prospects of young people and building the nation’s economic future. A September report from the Institute of Education Sciences reviews the research and makes recommendations on how schools can help more students prepare for and enter college. We summarize those recommendations and note adaptations needed for rural schools, especially those that are isolated and/or high-poverty...