Rural Policy Matters: October 2010


Last Updated: October 27, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: October 2010

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Facts and Figures About States with the Highest Percentage of Small Rural Districts
Question: Which eight states have the highest percentage of small rural districts?

i3 Awards Don't Reach Many High-Needs Rural Districts
The federal Investing in Innovation (i3) competitive grant program has laudable objectives, but it is doing little to reach high-poverty rural schools…

Rural Trust's Doris Williams Authors National Report on Community Schools
A new report by Rural Trust Executive Director, Doris Williams, addresses the potential of “community schools” to respond to persistent challenges in low wealth rural schools and communities.…

Child Poverty Highest Among Rural African-Americans and Rural Single Mothers
A brief from the Carsey Institute finds that poverty rates for young children are significantly higher in rural areas than in central cities and that rural black children face poverty rates approaching 50%.

School Discipline: An Occasional Series on Developments in School Disciplinary Policies and Practices
A North Carolina court requires schools to given families and students more information about discipline decisions.…

Mississippi Working on Discipline
Fewer suspensions and expulsions in Mississippi as a result of policy changes.…

Consolidation Watch: State Policies on an Important Rural Issue
Consolidation news from Michigan and Vermont.…

 

Rural School Funding News

RSFN Special Series: Financing Rural Schools: Characteristics of Strong Rural School Finance Systems
Achieving a balanced and equitable share of local, state, and federal funds can be tricky.…

Kansas Political Buzz All About School Finance
Political posturing around school funding in Kansas.…

Florida Voters Will Weigh in on Class Size Limits
The Florida Education Association’s attempt to stop a ballot initiative related to class size caps ends in court.…

Texas Preparing for Funding Challenge
Texas legislators and school board members exploring options for changing funding system.…

Arizona School Funding Lawsuit Ends
A funding lawsuit will start over in trial court after the state Supreme Court refused to hear it.…

A New School Finance Report Ranks State Funding Systems
A new report ranks the fairness of school funding formulas.…

Do Court Cases Matter?
An article responds to an influential book on school finance litigation.…

 

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Percent Schools Reporting Discipline Policies That Allow Long-Term Suspensions Without Continuing School Services, 2005-06 School Year
This graph illustrates, by locale, school discipline polices regarding long-term suspensions.…