Rural Policy Matters: August 2011


Last Updated: August 27, 2011
 

Rural Policy Matters: August 2011

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The August 2011 edition of Rural Policy Matters includes stories about the Center for Midwestern Initiatives; positive developments in the campaign to bring fairness to the Title I formulas; proposed closures of rural post offices, the Southeast Rural Education Summit; an upcoming Rural Trust webinar; Rural School Funding News; and more.

Fact and Figures About States With High Rural Graduation Rates
Question: Which 10 states have rural graduation rates above 85%?

Rural Trust Launches Regional Center
The Rural Trust recently announced the launch of the Center for Mid-Western Initiatives. The Center will build partnerships, strengthen philanthropic assets of rural schools and communities, and promote place-based education...

Proposed Post Office Closures Fall Hard on Rural Communities
The U.S. Postal Service is studying the closure of more than 4,000 post offices, many in rural communities...

Positive New Developments in the Formula Fairness Campaign
Both the All Children are Equal Act and the Formula Fairness Campaign have new co-sponsors...

Rural School Innovations Webinar: The Niswonger Foundation's Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium
The fourth webinar in a series on rural school innovations is scheduled for September 21st. Sign up now...

Southeast Regional Education Summit Releases “Roadmap”
The Rural Trust co-sponsored a regional summit on improving education in the rural South in July. This month the summit’s co-sponsors released a follow-up report...

 

Rural School Funding News

States’ Rights, Anti-Tax Officials Block Local Efforts for South Carolina Schools, Reject Federal Funding
As South Carolina schools face historic financial challenges, the Governor vetoes legislative initiatives to direct state budget surpluses to schools as well as local efforts to increase local funding, and the State Schools Superintendent rejects federal “Edujobs” funding, fails to address the under-funding of special education that results in a multi-million dollar federal penalty, and turns down RTTT application...

North Carolina Wrangling over 4-Year Kindergarten
Lawmakers are challenging a judge’s ruling that the decision of the North Carolina legislature to limit enrollment of at-risk children in the state’s four-year-old kindergarten program is unconstitutional...

Colorado Lawsuit Opens
After numerous setbacks, arguments in the Lobato school funding case are being heard this month...

 

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Percentage of Rural Students Qualifying for Free or Reduced Meals
The percentage of rural students who qualify for free and reduced price lunches has increased steadily since 2007...