Rural Policy Matters: August 2012

Last Updated: August 28, 2012

Rural Policy Matters: August 2012

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The August 2012 edition of Rural Policy Matters includes a story about the travels of the Rural Trust Global Fellows; The Rules We Play By; Budget Sequestration: Tough Times Ahead? Race To The Top-Districts Competition and Small Districts; Discipline News; Rural School Funding News; a graph; and more.

Fact and Figures: 16 States With High Rural Student Populations
Question: Rural students comprise more than 1/3 of all students in which 16 states?

A Life-Changing Experience: Global Fellows Travelogue, Part 2
Global Teacher Fellows spent the summer traveling the world. Here participants share experiences — and photos.

The Rules We Play By
The official rules — at whatever level — set the tone, shape expectations, and govern the ways humans interact.

Budget Sequestration: Tougher Times Ahead for Rural Schools?
High-poverty rural schools could face steep cuts if Congress and the President don’t reach agreement on how to address the nation’s budget deficit.

Race to the Top-District Competition and Small High-Poverty Districts
The Race to the Top-Districts competition is available only to school districts and consortia of districts and is aimed at classroom level reforms. But its requirements raise challenges for rural districts.

Alabama Schools Not Allowed to Check Immigration Status
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an Alabama law requiring schools to check the immigration status of newly enrolling students and their parents violates equal protection guarantees.

Save the Date for the Next Utilizing the Village: Building Support for Students Success in Rural Communities Webinar
October 12, 2012, is the date for the next Utilizing the Village webinar. Click here for more information and a link to the video recording of the May 2012 event, which included guest presenter Doris Terry Williams of the Rural School and Community Trust.


School Discipline Policy

DOJ Investigation Finds Mississippi County Court, Police Department and Youth Services Operating School-to-Prison Pipeline
The U.S. Department of Justice has accused agencies in Lauderdale County and Meridian, Mississippi of violating the constitutional rights of children by arresting and incarcerating them, without due process, often for minor school infractions.


Rural School Funding News

New Ruling Is Good News for At-Risk Preschoolers in North Carolina
A North Carolina court has found that the state cannot create barriers that prevent at-risk children from enrolling in pre-kindergarten programs.

Proposed Georgia Constitutional Amendment on Charters Highlights Debate Over Funding
A constitutional amendment on the November ballot would allow a politically appointed commission to authorize charter schools over the objections of local boards and the state. 



AP and IB Credits Earned by Locale, 2009-10
This chart shows AP and IB credits earned by locale for 2009-10.