Search Result for: Nebraska


Building a New Community — Wakefield, nebraska

...This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters. Introduction The community of Wakefield, nebraska created a Family Resource Center that has eased the transition for a small community experiencing rapid economic, cultural, and demographic change. Background The Wakefield School district is located in Wayne County, in northeastern nebraska. The community experienced dramatic economic changes related to the farm crisis in the 1980s. Those changes continued when in the 1990s, Latin...
Date: 2006-04-01

Making Bricks Without Straw: An Analysis of Achievement Patterns and Fiscal Inequity an Inadequacy in nebraska School System

...tems are adequate and/or equitable. In an effort to explore whether "money matters" in nebraska, this study analyzes the relationship between student achievement and fiscal resources among school systems in nebraska. Moreover, in considering these relationships, it is important to recognize that the cost of providing an adequate education varies with the socio-economic characteristics of the district, and that other factors may affect the relationship between achievement patterns an...
Date: 2004-10-01

nebraska Cuts Likely to Hit Rural Districts Harder

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. nebraska Cuts Likely to Hit Rural Districts Harder  In nebraska, budget shortfalls will likely fall harder on rural districts under a funding cut approved in a special legislative session in November when legislators approved Governor Dave Heineman’s proposed freeze on state aid for school districts for next year. The legislature also approved changes to the aid formula that affect ...
Date: 2009-12-29

nebraska Legislature Active as Rural Education Advocates Work

...This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters. nebraska's unicameral (one house) legislature has proposed a flurry of bills related to school finance since the nebraska Coalition for Educational Equity and Adequacy (NCEEA) filed a school finance adequacy case in 2004. NCEEA is a coalition of parents, school board members, educators, and taxpayers in 48 rural K-12 school districts. The coalition charges that the state school funding act is unconstitutional because it prevents sch...
Date: 2006-04-01

nebraska Schools Facing Toughest Challenge Get Least Money

...DF (197 KB) News Release (208 KB)   nebraska School Systems Inadequately and Inequitably Funded CONTACTS: Jerry Johnson (740) 533-4579; Marty Strange (802) 728-4383 The Rural School and Community Trust, a national non-profit rural education organization, concluded that compared with higher achieving schools, the lowest achieving schools serve communities with more students who live in poverty, lower household incomes, fewer ad...
Date: 2004-10-21
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Rural-Urban Funding Gap Grows in nebraska

...osting, but may require registration or expire over time.   State funding formula changes in nebraska will reduce state aid to rural districts while urban districts will see increases in the coming year.   Most rural districts have already experienced a reduction in state funding as a result of changes to the formula made last year. Those losses are compounded in many small rural districts by decreases in state aid linked to declining enrollment.   Now state lawmakers have l...
Date: 2009-05-27

School and Church Partner to Create Community Preschool — Elgin, nebraska

...This article appeared in the April 2006 Rural Policy Matters. Introduction When Elgin, nebraska decided to create a preschool four years ago, they expected some great things to happen. They've had some surprises along the way and one of them is that their preschool program has attracted the attention of several young families interested in moving to this community. Another surprise has been the number of Elgin High School students who are interested in working as Early Childhood teachers as a ...
Date: 2006-04-01

Small Schools, Big Results: nebraska High School Completion and Postsecondary Enrollment Rates by Size of School District

...   by Patricia E. Funk, Ph.D. and Jon Bailey for the nebraska Alliance for Rural Education It is widely believed that smaller schools are "inefficient" because they tend to have above average costs per pupil. Current school finance policy rests on the premise that higher costs due to small size should not be subsidized by state funds unless there is no consolidation alternative. As a result, taxpayers in small school districts may be fa...
Date: 1999-09-01

Small Works in nebraska: How Poverty and the Size of School Systems Affect School Performance in nebraska

...; By Jerry Johnson New Research Findings New research shows that nebraska’s smaller school systems reduce the harmful effects of poverty on student achievement. Background A series of studies in eight states (Alaska, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Montana, Ohio, Texas, and West Virginia) indicates that smaller schools and districts reduce the harmful effects of poverty on student achievement and help narrow the achievement gap between students from less...
Date: 2004-01-01

Alternative Ways to Achieve Cost Effective Schools

...ly nine states (Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, nebraska) scored above the national average in both 8th grade mathematics and 8th grade science on the most recent test. All of these states have highly decentralized governance structures with many small local schools, many locally elected school boards, and many local superintendents. Eliminating districts almost always results in eliminating schools, too. Best intentions and promises as...
Date: 2003-06-01

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

...lidation 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 heeding their own admonitions and...
Date: 2006-03-06

Cara Cookson: Rural American Committed to a Rural Future

... She stayed active with that work and the VRP throughout high school, traveling to South Dakota and nebraska and hosting rural students in Cabot. “Having all those experiences helped me develop poise and confidence. It was a wonderful platform for me personally, for finding my voice as a leader,” she says. Recently, Cookson has been involved with an effort to end pressure to consolidate rural schools, including a vote this past spring on the future of the high school in Cabot. (The...
Date: 2014-02-26

Consolidation Fight-Back Toolkit

... policy.  Read online      Get PDF File   Small Size, Big Results: nebraska This research, funded in part by the Rural Trust, finds that small schools measure up very well against their big neighbors when the cost of schooling is measured as the cost per graduate.  Read online      Get PDF File   Impact of Act 60 on African American Leadership in Arkansas This report examines the impact of Arkansas' Act 60 on the racial composit...
Date: 2011-02-16

Distance Learning Technologies: Giving Small Schools Big Capabilities

...irginia Gazette-Mail Funk, P. E. & Bailey, J. (1999, September). Small schools, big results: nebraska high school completion and postsecondary enrollment rates by size of school district. nebraska Alliance for Rural Education. GreaterNET & Missouri Distance Learning Association (MoDLA). (September 2002). Recommended Standards, Guidelines, and Resources for K-12 Two-Way Interactive Television Networks. Available at http://www.modla.org Hobbs, V. & Christianson, J.S. (1997). V...
Date: 2003-01-01

Early Childhood Education: Few States Measuring Up

... three and four year olds enrolled in some kind of preschool program. The largest increases were in nebraska, where enrollment rose 6.9%. In 31 states, overall preschool enrollment for three and four year olds fell. Importantly, the index tracks changes in the enrollment gap between non-poor and poor children from 2008–2012. In 22 states and the District of Columbia that gap narrowed, most significantly in Hawaii where the gap closed by 24.8%. Wyoming and Rhode Island followed by narrowin...
Date: 2015-01-28