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Bigger Schools, More Classes Not Likely to Boost Achievement in iowa's Schools

...ls and offering more classes will not likely raise student achievement, according to a new study of iowa schools by a national nonprofit organization. Based on results from the most recent state-mandated achievement tests, the study concludes that iowa’s small school districts are an “achievement blessing” that should play an important role in the state’s strategy to improve education. It recommends these schools be “intentionally supported” in the state&rsquo...
Date: 2006-03-31
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iowa Debating Funding Solutions

...sts and on how to address a 14-year-long decline in statewide school enrollment. The Republican-led iowa State House has approved a zero-percent increase in general state aid to school districts for next year. The House, however, also set aside $47 million for districts with declining enrollment so that these districts would not sustain a state funding cut under the zero-percent budget. The Democratic-majority state Senate has passed a bill that would allow a 2% increase in state and local fund...
Date: 2011-02-24

iowa Losing Rural School Districts

...Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. iowa is seeing an increase in the number of district consolidations, and more districts are considering consolidation as a way to deal with mounting financial pressures. Some school leaders have charged that iowa’s per-pupil funding system, with steady reductions in the state’s budget guarantee, along with declining enrollment, are partly to blame. Some districts are consolidating smal...
Date: 2010-09-28

iowa Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate School Standards Case

...ng, but may require registration or expire over time. In a decision announced late last month, the iowa Supreme Court declined to reinstate the claims of plaintiffs in King v. iowa, with the majority of justices ruling that plaintiffs needed to state different legal claims or utilize the political process to effect the reforms they sought. The group of parents and students who sued the state in 2008 hailed from three school districts, including rural West Harrison Community School District in ...
Date: 2012-05-30

More Doesn't Mean Better: Larger High Schools and More Courses Do Not Boost Student Achievement in iowa High Schools

...or Tom Vilsack and a committee of 12 legislators endorsed a set of proposals intended to "make iowa's public schools more efficient and improve student achievement." Among the proposals was one calling for an education commission that would recommend to the 2007 Legislature a minimum school district and high school size. This is not the first time that iowa's smaller school districts and high schools have been described as a barrier to improving public education. In January 2003, th...
Date: 2006-03-31

Small Districts — An Achievement Strategy for iowa

...This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters. iowa's small school districts are an "achievement blessing" that should play an important role in the state's strategy to improve education and they should be "intentionally supported" in the state's school funding system, according to a new report by the Rural School and Community Trust. The study, More Doesn't Mean Better: Larger High Schools and More Courses Do Not Boost Student Achievement in iowa High School...
Date: 2006-04-01

2010 Rural School and Community Trust / Fund For Teachers Grant Recipients

...mentary School, Gainesville Librarian Rebecca Grisham visited the homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder in iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota to enhance and inspire students' personal connection with reading. Resources  Presentation: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Inspiring Students to Make a Personal Connection With Reading  Curriculum: Laura Ingalls Wilder: Inspiring Students to Make a Personal Connection With Reading     NORTH CAROLINA   Northwest High School, Lit...
Date: 2010-10-26

Education Week Reports on Why Rural Matters 2009

...uncommon for people to carry in their head a picture of a rural student as a white kid on a farm in iowa," Mr. Johnson said. "The reality is that the rural student population is incredibly diverse, and in some places, rural student populations are incredibly economically disadvantaged." Click here to read the complete article on the Education Week website. Click here for more about Why Rural Matters 2009....
Date: 2009-11-22

Review: "Additional Learning Opportunities in Rural Communities: Needs, Successes, and Challenges"

...uo;Additional Learning Opportunities…” presents information on several ELT programs in iowa, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Unfortunately, several of the programs face severe funding challenges in the future and several have unique sources of funding that are unavailable to other schools, all of which underscores the financial difficulties rural and small town districts face. In addition, all the programs are located in communities that are relatively large (some have more than...
Date: 2008-05-01

All Children are Equal Act (H.R. 2485) to be Considered by the House Education and the Workforce Committee

...úl M. Grijalva, Arizona Timothy H. Bishop, New York Dave Loebsack, iowa Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Jason Altmire, Pennsylvania Read more from the November 2011 Rural Policy Matters....
Date: 2011-11-29

Anything But Research-based: State Initiatives to Consolidate Schools and Districts

...dation Current State Consolidation Proposals and Initiatives, Winter 2006: Arkansas, Illinois, iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia Breaking the Mold: Policies that Support Rural Education Rural Trust's Rural School District Reorganization Standards Introduction Policymakers are giving unprecedented lip service to the importance of data-based decision-making and research-based education reforms. But many are not he...
Date: 2006-03-06

Building a New Community — Wakefield, Nebraska

...ol care. The Family Resource Center then partnered with the Siouxland Health Center in Sioux City, iowa. Siouxland provides a full-service clinic on wheels, a van that travels to small communities in northeast Nebraska and southwest iowa and is staffed by bilingual medical professionals. The medical van was a tremendous help in the community, which is located nearly an hour from a larger town with extensive medical services. At the time of this writing, the van and its bilingual staff were prov...
Date: 2006-04-01

Consolidation Watch: State Policies on an Important Rural Issue

...ing it. The following group of articles examines current consolidation news in South Dakota, Texas, iowa, and Michigan. South Dakota Candidates Speak Out Against Consolidation Candidates for governor of South Dakota have spoken out against a state law that forces small districts to consolidate.... Texas Proposal Rewards District Cost-Sharing Texas districts could receive a portion of their savings if they agree to share services.... iowa Losing Rural School Districts In the face of budget ...
Date: 2010-09-29

Fact and Figures About States Where More Than One-Third of All Students Are Enrolled in Rural Districts

... in a rural district in the following states (in ascending order): New Hampshire, Montana, Georgia, iowa, North Dakota, West Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, South Dakota, Alabama, and North Carolina. In addition more than half of all students attend school in a rural district in Mississippi (56.5% of all students); Maine (57.2%), and Vermont (57.5%). Source: Why Rural Matters 2013–2014. Read more from the December 2014 Rural Policy Matters....
Date: 2014-12-17

Fact and Figures About States With High Rural Graduation Rates

... is second with a 93.9% graduation rate and is followed by Connecticut (93.8%), New Jersey (93.3%), iowa (89.5%), Illinois (88.6%), Ohio (87.2%), Pennsylvania (85.8%), South Dakota (85.4%), and Utah (85.0%). (Source: Why Rural Matters, 2009) Read more from the August 2011 Rural Policy Matters....
Date: 2011-08-25