School Location


Small Arkansas Town Focus of Secretary Visit

The small town of Hamburg, Arkansas made the news earlier this month when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Deputy Secretary John White visited Hamburg schools as part of an eight-state tour. The visit highlighted two programs at the diverse 2,100-student district in southeast Arkansas....


Fate of Secure Rural Schools Act Unclear

A source of funding for rural schools located in National Forest counties is caught up in the fight over the federal budget....


Number of Charter Schools by Locale, 2003–04 to 2006–07

The number of charter schools in all locales is on the increase....
Date: September 28, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Federal Education Policy, Graphs, School Location


Education Week Launches Rural Blog

One of the nation’s most widely-read education news outlets recently launched a blog devoted to rural education issues. We’re glad to see this attention to rural schools…
Date: August 26, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: School Location, Small Schools/School Size


Teacher Mobility by School Locale, 2008-09

Teacher Retention and Attrition by School Locale…
Date: August 26, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location, Teacher Issues


Formula Grant Successful in Rural Schools, Flexibility Key

A recent report for the U.S. Department of Education finds that low-income rural schools made good use of a federal formula grant. The findings are important in the debate over whether federal grants should be awarded primarily on a competitive or formula basis.


Principal Mobility by School Locale, 2008-09

Rural and small town principals are more likely to leave and less likely to stay in their schools than are suburban and city principals.
Date: July 23, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location, Teacher Issues


Arkansas Cases Challenge School and District Consolidation

A rural school and a rural school district have each lost court cases challenging their consolidation, but there may be a glimmer of hope in the rulings.
Date: June 25, 2010
Related Categories: In Local News, Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Community Organizing, Consolidation, School Location


Total Current Expenditures per Pupil in 2007-08, by Locale and Poverty Level

High poverty rural and small-town schools spend less to educate students than low poverty rural and small-town schools.
Date: June 25, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location, Teacher Issues


No Small Matter: Kagan, Stevens, Marshall and a Rural Child Named Kadrmas

President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court has brought to light an important disagreement she had with Justice Thurgood Marshall, the great civil rights icon for whom she clerked. It happens that the disagreement involved the educational rights of a poor rural student...
Date: May 27, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Education Policy and Activism, Income Related Issues, School Location


Average Salary for Teachers in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2007-08

Teachers in rural and small town schools earn less than teachers in other public schools.
Date: May 26, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location, Teacher Issues


Percentage of Public and Private School Teachers Whose Teaching Was Affected By Student Misbehavior

This graph shows the percentage of public and private school teachers who agreed or strongly agreed that student misbehavior interfered with their teaching.
Date: February 25, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Discipline, Graphs, School Location


Total Number of Regular Public Schools in the United States, 2006-07

This chart, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, shows the total number and locations of regular public schools in the United States for the school year 2006-07.
Date: October 30, 2009
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, School Location


Race to Where?

Policy Program Director Marty Strange takes an incisive look at some of the issues in the charter guidelines for Race to the Top funding — and describes an interesting alternative


High-Poverty Rural, Small Town Districts Concentrated in Distinct Regions

The poorest rural school districts educate more than a million students with poverty rates higher than many cities. These districts are concentrated in distinct regions, mainly across the southern half of the country from California to North Carolina and into central Appalachia…