Rural Policy Matters: April 2010


Last Updated: April 29, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: April 2010

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Facts and Figures About Which States Have the Most Rural Students Qualifying for Reduced-Price School Meals
Question: In which nine states do more than 50% of rural students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals?

Children’s Defense Fund Calls for Overhaul of Title I Funding
In a pointed letter to Congressional leadership, the Children’s Defense Fund makes the case for fixing the Title I funding formulas and changing other aspects of the federal education law… 

Formula Fairness Campaign Update
Check out new developments in the Formula Fairness Campaign… 

Two Analyses of Mississippi Achievement Data Produce Significant Findings for Policymakers
Two recent Rural Trust analyses, conducted in partnership with Southern Echo, find that the negative effects of poverty on student test scores is reduced in small school districts and that districts ranked highly in the state’s accountability system are no better at closing achievement gaps that lower rated districts… 

Save Alabama’s Small Schools Hosts Statewide Meeting
SASS conference draws attention for important issues…

 

Rural School Funding News

Connecticut High Court Rules in School Finance Case
A long-awaited decision in Connecticut affirms the right to an adequate education in that state; the decision also establishes a role for the courts in school funding matters…

Illinois’ Economy Spurs Actions on Education Funding
A new lawsuit in Illinois claims that the current method of funding schools discriminated against taxpayers in property poor school districts…

Alaska Judge Demands Action for Rural Schools
The court may appoint a special master to address the needs of low-performing rural schools if the state does not quickly develop a plan for meeting needs in those schools…

RSFN Special Series: Financing Rural Schools: Characteristics of Strong Rural School Finance Systems
Over the coming months, Rural School Funding News (RSFN) will feature a series of articles that review general principles of school finance and share information about school funding systems that support rural schools and address their unique characteristics and needs. While there are no easy answers to questions about how to fund schools, especially in this economic climate, this series is intended to share promising practices, ideas for advocacy, and guidelines that are easily transferable in your analysis and work on your own school finance systems…

 

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Percent Distribution of Students Within Public and Private School Types
This graph illustrates the percentage distribution of students within public and private school types, as ranked by locales: rural, town, suburb, and city…

 

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Stopping Bullying: Effective Approaches
High-profile cases of school bullying have made their way into the media recently. What have we learned about what reduces child and adolescent bullying and why does it matter? A new paper looks at the research…