Rural Policy Matters: June 2010


Last Updated: June 28, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: June 2010

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

Expanding Your Borders, or: How to Grow Your Organization's Membership
Anyone looking to accomplish something knows they need allies. Here’s how one grassroots group reached out to find people who share their values and their mission…

Growing Your Membership: In a Nutshell
The RPM summary of how to create a successful membership drive…

Options for Fixing Title I Inequity: Tying Allocations to Average Local Salaries Makes Matters Worse
The Formula Fairness Campaign, which is leading the national effort to make Title I funding equitable for all poor children no matter where they live, is exploring options for ways to fix the Title I formulas. One option is to use a figure calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics to determine how much college-educated non-teachers make in local labor markets around the country. This figure could be used to estimate the cost of providing an education in each school district. But this method would make things worse for most rural districts…

Formula Fairness Campaign
Want to make Title I funding fair and equitable for all low-income children? Join the Formula Fairness Campaign at www.formulafairness.com, where you can learn about how your district is faring and what you can do about it. Also, visit the Campaign’s Facebook page. Tell your friends and add the page as one of your “Likes.”

Rural Trust to Examine Effectiveness of Competitive Grants for Rural Schools
Competitive grants are an increasingly important part of federal funding for schools. But will they reach the highest-poverty rural schools or enhance equal educational opportunity…

Vermont Promotes District Consolidation
Vermont’s system of very local control of schools is under threat from new legislation…

South Carolina Report Examines School Governance Structures
School districts in South Carolina are controlled largely by legislative delegations, with some unusual implications…

Arkansas Cases Challenge School and District Consolidation
A rural school and a rural school district have each lost court cases challenging their consolidation, but there may be a glimmer of hope in the rulings…

Mississippi Commission Will Issue Consolidation Report
A Commission formed to recommends school districts for consolidation will issue its report soon…

 

Rural School Funding News

RSFN Special Series:
Financing Rural Schools: Characteristics of Strong Rural School Finance Systems

Part II in an ongoing series of articles about what makes a school funding system work for rural schools…

Rhode Island Gets School Funding Formula
The last state in the nation without a school finance formula finally gets one…

School Funding Lawsuit Filed in Arizona
A group of plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit charging Arizona with failing to follow its funding law…

School Districts Intend to Sue Kansas
Cuts to education spur a new school funding lawsuit in Kansas…

Pennsylvania Districts Making Big Cuts
School districts in Pennsylvania are making big cuts to their budgets, according to a new survey…

Colorado Makes Demands on Districts Involved in Lawsuit
Colorado is demanding extensive — and expensive — records from school districts in the state…

California Lawsuit Challenges School Funding System
A lawsuit filed in California could force changes to the state’s funding system, and its influential Proposition 13 amendment that drastically altered the way California collects revenue…

Wyoming Recalibrating its Funding Formula
Wyoming, whose school funding system is one of the most responsive to the needs of small rural schools, is recalibrating its funding formula…

NCLB Lawsuit Remains Dismissed
The lawsuit challenging the legality of No Child Left Behind has ended…

 

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Total Current Expenditures per Pupil in 2007-08, by Locale and Poverty Level
High poverty rural and small-town schools spend less to educate students than low poverty rural and small down schools…

 

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The RPM-PX Take on a Report Exploring Practices in Successful "Turnaround" Schools
There is no single solution to improving persistently low-performing schools; instead improvement takes a variety of supports and strategies and will work differently in the unique circumstances of individual schools…