Rural Policy Matters: July 2010


Last Updated: July 24, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: July 2010

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Facts and Figures About States That Have More Than Half Their Schools in Rural Communities
Question: In which 15 states are more than 50% of schools located in rural communities?

West Virginia Community Story Tells Much About School Consolidation
The community of Meadow Bridge, West Virginia has fought for decades to keep their K–12 schools. Their story reveals many of the circumstances and events that rural communities address as they work to make their schools and communities strong…

Arkansas Groups Gear Up for Action on Formula Fairness Campaign
Two rural education advocacy groups held leadership gatherings in Arkansas this month. Both included a focus on bringing fairness to the Title I funding formulas…

Formula Grant Successful in Rural Schools, Flexibility Key
A recent report for the U.S. Department of Education finds that low-income rural schools made good use of a federal formula grant. The findings are important in the debate over whether federal grants should be awarded primarily on a competitive or formula basis…

School Discipline: An Occasional Series on Developments in School Disciplinary Policies and Practices
Reports in Louisiana and Texas Document Overuse of Harsh Discipline

Two new reports document in detail the overuse of exclusionary discipline (suspension and expulsion) in schools and the resulting increase in students who ultimately end up in the juvenile justice or adult criminal justice system. Nationally, advocates are working to stop this "schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline" by changing policies and laws to protect students’ right to an education and to ensure that they remain in school…

Delaware Raises Minimum Reporting Age
Delaware requires schools to report to law enforcement certain student behaviors. But a new law gives schools more reporting leeway for children nine to eleven years old…

Connecticut Reduces Suspension Rate
Publicity along with a new law limiting when students can be put out of school is credited with reducing the state's high suspension rate…

Georgia Restricts Disciplinary Restraints
Georgia’s state school board has banned schools from using certain kinds of physical restraints as disciplinary measures…

 

Rural School Funding News

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

Part III in the Rural School Funding News (RSFN) special series, "Financing Rural Schools," looks at provisions for geographic differences and cost-of-living factors…

Second California Lawsuit
Second funding lawsuit filed in California brings increased pressure to fix the system…

Arkansas Lawsuit Makes Agricultural Claims
A lawsuit challenging the consolidation of a rural district makes unusual claims…

Indiana Says No More Bus Fees
Indiana Attorney General Says No to Bus Fees…

Wisconsin Schools Stand to Gain in New Funding Formula Proposal
Wisconsin's chief school officer introduces a new school funding formula…

Montana Considers Draconian Cuts
Schools in Montana could see very serious cuts in funding, despite a court ruling in 2004…

New Louisiana Law Offers Freedom From Many School Regulations
A new law in Louisiana could undermine many other laws and policies related to education, including student support and student-teacher ratios…

Washington Lawsuit Moves Forward
A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of special education funding moves forward in Washington…

Oklahoma Ballot Initiative Faces Opposition
A bill to increase spending on Oklahoma schools faces varied opposition in the state, in part, because the measure would peg spending to that of neighboring states…

 

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Principal Mobility by School Locale, 2008–09
Rural and small town principals are more likely to leave and less likely to stay in their schools than are suburban and city principals…