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The Invisibles: The Children of Rural Education

This Rural School and Community Trust presentation examines the realities of rural education: Rising student enrollment, coupled with increases in poverty rates and racial and ethnic diversity, present new challenges for educators.
The Realities of Rural Education:
  • Rural student enrollment is increasing: More than 11% increase in four years ending in 2009. Its share of the national student enrollment grew from under 18% to nearly 22% in those four years.
  • Racial and ethnic diversity is increasing: Enrollment of children of color in rural schools increased by 31% during the same period.
  • High rates of student poverty and diversity: Thirty-seven percent of students in the 900 rural school districts with the highest rates of student poverty are "disadvantaged" under federal law, a rate higher than most large urban districts.
  • Fifty-nine percent of students in these schools are children of color.
This event features hosts Sterling K. Speirn, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Tory Dietel Hopps, Senior Partner, Dietel Partners. Marty Strange, Policy Director, The Rural School and Community Trust, is the presenter.

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