Rural Policy Matters: May 2010


Last Updated: May 27, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: May 2010

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Facts and Figures About States With the Lowest Average Teacher Salaries in Rural Districts
Question: Which five states have the lowest salary expenditures for instructional staff members in rural districts (essentially the lowest average teacher salaries)?

Arkansas Community Revitalization Efforts Share Great Approaches
Five rural Arkansas communities are partnering with the Rural Community Alliance on community revitalization initiatives to strengthen their communities, grow their economies, and support educational opportunity. What they are doing and learning has much to offer other rural communities dealing with declining enrollment and the erosion of local jobs and economic opportunity…

Nominee Kagan's Record Includes Rural Education Issue
President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court has brought to light an important disagreement she had with Justice Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights icon for whom she clerked. It happens that the disagreement involved the educational rights of a poor rural student... 

State Spending Averages Skew Title I Allocations to Poor Districts
Districts in richer states that support education get a lot more federal money to improve the education of very low-income students than districts in poor states that provide less funding for schools…

High-Poverty, Low Graduation Rates in the Rural South
A new study by the Rural Trust finds that high-poverty levels correlates with low graduation rates in the rural South and that these districts are more racially diverse than other districts…

Citizens Call for Transparency in Mississippi Consolidation Recommendations
The Governor’s Commission on Mississippi Education Structure is likely to recommend dissolving 18 small rural school districts. Citizens are asking for the data analysis that was used to identify the districts …

 

Rural School Funding News

Rural School Funding News: May 2010
Rural School Funding News is on maternity leave…

 

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Average Salary for Teachers in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2007–08
Teachers in rural and small town schools earn less than teachers in other public schools…

 

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The RPM Take on a Report Evaluating the Comprehensive School Reform Program
A report evaluating the implementation and outcomes of the federal Comprehensive School Reform program (CSR) from 2002 to 2008 finds that most schools receiving CSR funds did not implement all the program requirements, nor did they make more achievement growth than comparison schools. Although it would seem that extra financial support did not produce desired outcomes, a closer read of the report finds that most schools faced a number impediments to implementation and that addressing these impediments might go a long way toward helping high-poverty low-performing schools achieve at higher levels…