Rural Policy Matters: February 2014

Last Updated: February 26, 2014

Rural Policy Matters: February 2014

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The February issue of RPM profiles Cara Cookson whose strong education in a small rural school has motivated her to work on behalf of rural communities and their schools; covers recent developments in education policy in North Carolina; and presents “Valuable, Flexible, and Cost Effective,” Part 3 in the series, “Rural Matters: Implications of Rural Characteristics for Public Policy.”

Facts and Figures About "Small" Rural Public School Districts
What percentage of rural public school districts in the U.S. is considered “small?”

Cara Cookson: Rural American Committed to a Rural Future
Cara Cookson has always been proud of her rural background and her rural education. Now she’s working to see rural communities survive and thrive.

Resistance Mounting to North Carolina’s Education "Reforms"
Resistance is growing to recent changes to education policy in North Carolina, including lawsuits against the elimination of tenure protections and state support for private school vouchers.

Valuable, Flexible, and Cost-Effective: Making the Most of Small Scale
The RPM series “Rural Matters: The Implications of Rural Characteristics for Public Policy,” explores attributes that make a place rural and, therefore, different from urban and suburban places. In this installment we look at the characteristic of low population — and its corresponding attribute smallness — and consider ways in which this rural characteristic should inform public policy, especially education policy.