Rural Policy Matters: June 2011

Last Updated: June 26, 2011

Rural Policy Matters: June 2011

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The June 2011 edition of Rural Policy Matters includes stories about students who are bringing thousands of dollars into their rural communities; the new i3 guidelines; a call for i3 Peer Reviewers; Rural Research; a draft Number Weighting bill; the Southeastern Regional Rural Summit; the White House Rural Council; the latest installment in our series on Teacher Pay-for-Performance; School Discipline Policy Update; Rural School Funding News; and a graph.

Facts and Figures About Enrollment in Rural Schools
True or False? Enrollment in rural schools continues to shrink as rural population ages and declines.

Test Your Rural School Knowledge With This Fun Quiz
How much do you know about rural education trends in the U.S.?

Rural Students Channel Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Their Communities
Students in North Carolina and Louisiana are making a big economic impact on their communities and learning a lot about money in the process.

New i3 Guidelines Better for Rural Schools
The deadline to apply for 2011 Investing in Innovation grants is August 2. New guidelines make rural schools one of five Absolute Priorities, and other changes could make the i3 program more responsive to the unique needs of rural students and their schools.

Peer Reviewers Needed to Assess i3 Applications
Reviewers with experience in and knowledge about rural education are needed to help rate applications for the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) competitive grant program. Peer reviewer applications will be accepted through July 8.

No Rural Cachet
Rural communities and problems get less attention from researchers than other communities.

Number-Weighting Bill Drafted
A bill that deals with the impact of number weighting in the Title I formulas has been drafted in the U.S. Congress. The Formula Fairness Campaign gains momentum.

Save the Date for the 2011 Southeast Regional Rural Summit
Save the date for a regional rural summit.

White House Rural Council
President Obama issued an Executive Order earlier this month establishing the White House Rural Council.



Seclusion and Restraint
The use of seclusion and restraint is a policy that contributes to students losing educational opportunity and dropping out of school. Students with disabilities are especially vulnerable to the use of seclusion rooms and physical or mechanical restraints in an attempt to change their behavior. Increasing concern about the safety of these practices has resulted in national attention to the matter. A variety of organizations have documented the abuse, injury, and deaths of students as a result of these practices and recommended the use of school-wide positive behavior supports as an alternative.

Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Schools
A number of states and districts are beginning to reconsider zero tolerance policies and reliance on removing students from school for discipline violations.


Rural School Funding News

Colorado TABOR Lawsuit Filed
A Colorado lawsuit raises questions about "direct" and "repesentational" democracy..

Indiana Legislature Starves Small Districts; Feeds Voucher Program
Extensive changes to education policy in Indiana will reduce public school funding, especially for smaller districts, and will divert millions into a private school voucher program.



Student Enrollment by Locale, 2000–2010
This graph shows changes in student enrollment by locale during the past decade.