ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress Every Child Deserves a Fully-Prepared Teacher

What kind of teacher would you choose for your own child or grandchild: one who has completed their teacher training, or one who has just begun it? Doesn't every child deserve to have a fully-prepared teacher in the classroom from day one?

Register for Racial Healing Network Regional Calls

The Within Our Lifetime Network invites you to connect with others in your region who are committed to ending the impact of racism in our lifetime. The Within Our Lifetime Network,  which works to promotes racial healing and racial equity, invites you to join one of six scheduled calls in early September.

Federal Commission Highlights Funding as a Major Cause of Inequity Among Schools

A federal commission, of which Rural Trust President Doris Terry Williams is a member, recently issued their initial report, "For Each and Every Child." The report recommends a variety of ways to improve equity in schools and opportunity in communities.

The President's 2014 Budget Proposal for Education: Early Learning Is a Key Investment

President Obama’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget highlights key education investments in early learning, furthering the K-12 reform agenda, college affordability and quality, school safety and expanded opportunities for both middle- and low-income communities, while protecting formula programs for at-risk populations overall.

Rural Winners of Lenore Annenberg School Fund Grant Delve Into Place-Based Learning

Teachers in two rural elementary schools recently participated in place-based learning workshops that will help engage their students in the local community.

Don't Miss It!

Don’t miss commentary by Marty Strange, Rural Trust Policy Director, in Education Week.

Poverty Increasing in Most States

It’s not news, but the increase in poverty in the U.S. since 2000 is striking. This interactive map shows state-by-state 30-year trends.
Date: September 28, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Poverty

Percent Rural Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Meals, 1992-2009

The percentage of students in rural schools who are eligible for free or reduced lunch has been rising steadily for a decade.
Date: March 30, 2011
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, Income Related Issues, Poverty

New Publication on EITC

The Foundation for the Mid South just released Earned Income Tax Credit: Working Hands Getting a Hand Up to share information on this valuable anti-poverty tool helping working, low-income people keep more of their earnings.
Date: January 13, 2011
Related Categories: Community Advocate, Networks/Groups, Parent, Resource Center, What's New
Related Tags: Income Related Issues, Poverty

Facts and Figures About Which States Have the Most Rural Students Qualifying for Reduced-Price School Meals

Question: In which nine states do more than 50% of rural students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals?
Date: April 29, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Facts and Figures, Income Related Issues, Poverty

Mississippi Department of Education, Percent Student Poverty Rate (2006) and School District Accountability Status (2009-2010)

Student achievement is highly correlated with poverty, and poorer school districts are more likely to be sanctioned in state accountability systems. This map illustrates this pattern in the state of Mississippi…
Date: March 26, 2010
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Graphs, Income Related Issues, Poverty