Rural Policy Matters: December 2010


Last Updated: December 22, 2010
 

Rural Policy Matters: December 2010

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Facts and Figures About Instructional Expenditures for Rural Students
Question: In which 11 states do average instructional expenditures fall under $4,500 per rural student?

Formula Fairness Campaign Gains Three New Sponsors
This month, three organizations became new co-sponsors of the Formula Fairness Campaign. Find out how your organization can join the effort...

Senators Raise Concerns About Rural Districts in i3
Thirteen U.S. Senators have sent a letter to Secretary Duncan expressing concerns and raising questions about the i3 federal grant process and its impact on rural schools...

It’s Time for Something More Meaningful Than “No Excuses”
It’s time to address the real challenges that undermine the educational opportunities of many of our nation’s children...

Worth Noting
A new report seeks to understand the relationship between the attachment of local residents to their community and economic development in that community...

 

Rural School Funding News

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

A strong school finance system depends on an equitable and productive tax system...

Consolidation Lawsuit in Arkansas Addresses Funding Issues
A small rural Arkansas district has sued the state in an attempt to increase funding equity and to establish limits on how long students could be forced to ride a bus to school...

Wisconsin Funding Plan Unveiled
A new funding plan proposed in Wisconsin would reduce reliance on property taxes and provide protections specifically for rural districts...

Montana in Fight Over School Funding Shifts
Revenues are higher in Montana than predicted earlier this year, but the state is still debating how to fund schools...

Alabama Faces Serious Budgetary Woes
Alabama schools, which have already sustained a reduction in state funds of 20% over the last four years, may face additional mid-year cuts...

South Dakota Districts to be Heard Before State Supreme Court
A school funding lawsuit with a circuitous history will be heard next month in South Dakota...

 

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Total Number of English Language Learner (ELL) Students Enrolled in Rural School Districts
This graph illustrates, by year, the number of ELL students enrolled in rural school districts, in a range of school years from 1998–99 to 2008–09.