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Federal Office of Rural Education Policy Proposed

U.S. Senators Max Baucus of Montana and Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia have introduced legislation to create an Office of Rural Education Policy within the U.S. Department of Education.


Leonore Annenberg School Fund Grants Awarded

Two rural schools have been awarded Leonore Annenberg School Fund grants.


Percent K-12 Students Qualifying for Special Education Services, By School Locale

Students who attend rural schools are slightly less likely to qualify for special education services than their city and suburban counterparts. Students in small towns are slightly more likely to qualify for special education services.
Date: May 29, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Disabilities, Graphs, School Location


Save the Date for the 2011 Southeast Regional Rural Summit

Save the date for a regional rural summit.


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

In this series, Rural School Funding News has reviewed general principles of school finance and sharing information about school funding systems that support rural schools and their unique characteristics and needs. While there are no easy answers to questions about how to fund schools, especially in this economic climate, we hope that these articles provide you with information about promising practices, ideas for advocacy, and policy guidelines that inform your analysis and support work on the school finance system in your state.


Total Number of Regular Public Schools, 2009–10 School Year

There are more rural schools in the U.S. than there are urban, suburban, or small town schools.
Date: April 27, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location


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

In this series, Rural School Funding News is reviewing general principles of school finance and sharing information about school funding systems that support rural schools and their unique characteristics and needs. While there are no easy answers to questions about how to fund schools, especially in this economic climate, we hope that these articles will provide you promising practices, ideas for advocacy, and guidelines that are easily transferable in your analysis and work on your own school finance systems.


Consolidation Fight-Back Toolkit

The documents in this Consolidation Toolkit, prepared by the policy staff of the Rural School and Community Trust, can help you educate your fellow citizens and the policymakers who have the final say in consolidation decisions.


Research Raises Doubts About Benefits of Consolidation

Has the time for consolidation come and gone? Research shows that state policies that broadly push mergers of schools and districts will not save money and will likely lower the quality of education — especially for the poor.


Homelessness is a Rural Problem Too

Homelessness may look different in rural places, but rural communities are not immune to the problem. This week marks the window in which states must conduct a semi-annual point-in-time count of homeless individuals. Oftentimes schools may not recognize when a student is homeless, but the school has legal responsibilities to provide specific services.
Date: January 25, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Income Related Issues, School Location, Youth


Average Base Salaries for Public School Teachers, 2008

Rural teacher salaries are lower on average than salaries in urban, suburban, or town settings.
Date: January 25, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters, Teacher
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location, Teacher Issues


Rural New York School Recruits Overseas Students

Dwindling populations in small towns have caused hundreds of districts to consolidate their schools and bus kids long distances to bigger schools. But some remote communities are fighting back with a new idea to fill their empty classrooms: They're recruiting international students


2009 NAEP Performance on Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics, by Locale

This graph illustrates, by locale, 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress Performance on Grade 12 Reading and Mathematics.
Date: November 26, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location


Child Poverty Highest Among Rural African-Americans and Rural Single Mothers

A brief from the Carsey Institute finds that poverty rates for young children are significantly higher in rural areas than in central cities and that rural black children face poverty rates approaching 50%.
Date: October 27, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: African-American students, Income Related Issues, School Location


High-Poverty Rural Districts Largely Left Out of Race to the Top

High-poverty rural districts won’t see much of the $4 billion in Race to the Top grants to states.