Rural Policy Matters: September 2010


Last Updated: September 29, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: September 2010

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Fact and Figures About States With the Highest Mobility Rates Among Rural Households
Question: Which nine states have the highest rates of mobility among rural households?

Community Center Seeks to Re-Knit Divided Community
A small community pressured by economic hardship, a monolithic corporate presence, disaster, and international energy demands tries to find ways for local residents to reconnect to their own cultural inheritance and to each other…

High-Poverty Rural Districts Largely Left Out of Race to the Top
High-poverty rural districts won't see much of the $4 billion in Race to the Top grants to states…

Title I: Contact Your Representative — And Your Candidates
The mid-term elections are an important time to tell both incumbents and challengers that Title I funding needs to be fixed…

Small Arkansas Town Focus of Secretary Visit
The small town of Hamburg, Arkansas made the news earlier this month when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Deputy Secretary John White visited Hamburg schools as part of an eight-state tour. The visit highlighted two programs at the diverse 2,100-student district in southeast Arkansas…

Fate of Secure Rural Schools Act Unclear
A source of funding for rural schools located in National Forest counties is caught up in the fight over the federal budget…

Consolidation Watch: State Policies on an Important Rural Issue
Several states are addressing consolidation — but not all are promoting it…

South Dakota Candidates Speak Out Against Consolidation
Candidates for governor of South Dakota have spoken out against a state law that forces small districts to consolidate…

Texas Proposal Rewards District Cost-Sharing
Texas districts could receive a portion of their savings if they agree to share services…

Iowa Losing Rural School Districts
In the face of budget cuts and financial pressures, more rural Iowa districts are consolidating…

Calls for Consolidation in Michigan Reveal Many Issues
Calls to consolidate school districts in Michigan are raising all kinds of complicated issues and highlighting exaggerations, over-simplifications, and ideological motivations…

School Discipline: An Occasional Series on Developments in School Disciplinary Policies and Practices
Iowa Rules Limit Physical Restraints, Seclusion

New rules in Iowa limit the use of physical restraints and seclusion for students with disabilities. But some violations have surfaced…

Middle School Suspension Report
A new report looks at the impact of suspending students from school in the middle grades. The report finds that suspension has a number of negative effects on students, is not shown to improve school climate, and is used much more frequently on some student groups than others…

 

Rural School Funding News

Nevada Considers New Formula
The largest district in Nevada is pushing for a rewrite of the state's 1967-era school funding formula…

South Carolina System Subject of Gubernatorial Campaign
South Carolina's method of funding K–12 education is a campaign issue in the Governor's race, again…

Arkansas Panel Waits to Make Budget Recommendation
Arkansas panel won't say yet how much money is needed for schools…

West Virginia Governor Calls for Review of State Education Spending
After he failed to get legislation passed to enable West Virginia to compete for federal Race to the Top funds, Governor Joe Manchin has appointed a task force to review state education spending…

Arizona ELL Case Back in Court
Arizona's long-running English Language Learning case is back in court this month…

Georgia Charter Law Under Fire
Local districts in Georgia are suing the state over charter school authorization…

Florida Funding Lawsuit Moves Forward
A school funding lawsuit in Florida will move forward, and a judge rules against a challenge to an initiative that could ease strict class size limits…

Class Action California Lawsuit Challenges School Fees
A class action lawsuit challenges whether school districts can charge students a variety of fees for basic school services…

 

Graph

Number of Charter Schools by Locale, 2003–04 to 2006–07
The number of charter schools in all locales is on the increase…