Rural Policy Matters: February 2010


Last Updated: February 26, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: February 2010

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This edition of RPM includes a story on how one rural North Carolina county is using its federal Title I funding to bring technology equity to its students — and local residents; Rural Trust launches a campaign for fairness in Title I funding; Title I funding issues gain attention; state advocates address a variety of issues affecting rural schools; Rural School Funding News; and more…

Facts and Figures About States With the Largest Number of Rural Students
Question: Which state enrolls the largest number of rural students? 

New Use of Federal Education Money Brings Broadband to Rural North Carolina County
A rural county in North Carolina uses federal Title I funding to bring state of the art technology to the homes of all its students. That the program also helps the entire county gain high-speed Internet access — and the economic opportunities that come with it — is all part of the strategy for making sure than low-income rural students and their communities get the resources that will really make a difference… 

Rural Trust Launches Title I Formula Fairness Campaign
The Rural Trust is organizing to eliminate unfair and discriminatory treatment of small and rural districts in the formula for distributing funds to local school districts under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Learn more about the Campaign and how you can get involved… 

National Reports Spotlight Title I Formula Inequities
The fact that Title I provides more federal money for some low-income students than for others is coming under increasing scrutiny. Two recent reports spotlight the problem…

A Rural Trust Guide to Title I Formulas
The federal Title I program, which is intended to help schools address the educational challenges of the most disadvantaged students, provides more funding for some low-income students than for others. This guide explains what Title I does, how its formulas work, and why the program matters for rural districts and students — all in plain language…

Rural Education Advocacy Group Speaks Out on Charters
A group of Alabama citizens that advocates for policies that bring equitable opportunity for rural students and the small and rural schools they attend has taken a stand as the state considers adopting a charter school law… 

Arkansas State Board Denies Innovative Consolidation Approach
Two small high-achieving districts proposed an innovative approach to meeting the state’s minimum enrollment law, but the state school board wasn’t interested…

Big Congrats to Arkansas’s Rural Community Alliance
The Rural Community Alliance continues to engage more rural residents in its important work… 

Mississippi Corporal Punishment Lawsuit
A federal lawsuit seeks a ban on corporal punishment in Mississippi…

 
Rural School Funding News

 

Washington Plaintiffs Victorious in School Funding Lawsuit
A Washington State judge finds funding levels unconstitutional and cites over-reliance on local property levies as a problem… 

Kansas Plaintiff Districts Will Begin a New Lawsuit
Kansas districts will not be able to re-open an earlier school funding case and will file a new lawsuit instead…
 
Ohio Districts Targeted for Consolidation by Report
A national think-tank has co-authored a report recommending closing at least 200 districts in Ohio….
 
Rhode Island Lawsuit Filed
A Rhode Island lawsuit may force the state to adopt a school finance formula…

Alaska Rural School Facilities Receiving Attention by Policymakers
Rural schools in remote regions of Alaska may finally see some resolution to their facilities needs, ten years into a facilities funding case… 

Consolidation Proposals in Vermont
A variety of proposals in Vermont are pushing dramatic reductions in the number of school districts in the state…
 
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Percentage of Public and Private School Teachers Whose Teaching Was Affected By Student Misbehavior
This graph shows the percentage of public and private school teachers who agreed or strongly agreed that student misbehavior interfered with their teaching.

 
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Some Surprising Aspects of Successful Turnaround Schools
A relatively few schools in the U.S. that have been identified for “re-structuring” under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) have made significant enough improvements to exit the process. A report from the Center on Innovation and Improvement looks at five schools that have been successful. The report focuses on some of the standard approaches, including approaches outlined in NCLB, the schools took to turning things around. But a closer read reveals that most of the schools also made important structural changes, changes that many schools would find beneficial to maintaining, improving, and sustaining student performance and teacher satisfaction…