Rural Policy Matters: September 2012

Last Updated: September 27, 2012

Rural Policy Matters: September 2012

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The September 2012 edition of Rural Policy Matters includes the stories: Teachers Interpret International Travel; STEM STAR Offers Successful Rural Technology Model; Arizona Must Expand ELL Services; Charter Challenges; School Discipline News: Rural School Funding News, a graph, and more.

Facts and Figures: States With Higher Percentages of Minority Rural Students
Nationally, more than one-quarter of all rural students are classified as minorities according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Minority students exceed this average in 18 states. Which states are they?

Teachers Interpret International Travel
The value of opportunities to travel abroad comes home as Global Fellows gather to reflect on their experiences.

STEM STAR Offers Effective Model for Technology Integration in Rural Schools
The STEM STAR model trains high school students to work with teachers and other students to expand their technology skills, integrate technology in teaching and learning, and develop and evaluate substantial technology-infused science project.

Arizona Forced to Adopt Better Practices for Identifying English Language Learners
Arizona must provide instruction for English Language learners until students have tested proficient in all areas.

Heated Tennessee Charter Battles Point Up Issues
The rapid expansion of charter schools in Tennessee is raising issues relevant to other states as well.


School Discipline Policy

Studies Continue to Show Disparate Discipline
Several new studies provide additional evidence that schools use harsh discipline policies with specific groups of students, especially African-American males and students with disabilities, at much higher rates than other student groups.


Grants and Resources for Classroom Pets
Pets in the Classroom helps to establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting responsible pet care in elementary and middle school classrooms across the country.

Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellowship 2013 Program
Get ready for 2013! The Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship program will accept applications for the Summer 2013 Fellowships beginning October 1, 2012.


Rural School Funding News

Report Highlights Underlying Causes of Finance Inequity
A new report from the Center for American Progress analyzes the causes of deep inequities in funding in the nation's schools.

Most States Still Cutting Education According to Center for Budget and Policy Priorities Report
A report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities find that most states are still cutting funding for education, four years after the recession began.

Georgia Districts Nearing Insolvency, But Funding Commission Recommends Only Minor Changes
Despite major finance problems in many districts, a state commission charged with making suggestions for funding in Georgia's public schools recommends only minor changes to the formula.

South Carolina Rural Districts Hear Familiar Refrain in Court
The high-poverty rural districts at the heart of South Carolina's school funding lawsuit faced a volley of blame-the-victim questions in court.

Florida Districts Will Have Their Day in Court
The Florida Supreme Court has found that a group of non-profit and parent plaintiffs who charge the state fails to properly fund schools can seek a trial.

Remedy Phase in Washington State Finance Case Moves Forward
The Washington legislature is providing its first report to the Court on how it plans to fund schools in the state.

Kansas Districts Make Final Arguments
Plaintiffs argue that rising costs and requirements and a 16% cut in funding are seriously compromising the quality of education. But the state claims cuts are “insignificant.”

Chester-Upland District in "Recovery Status"
The state of Pennsylvania has settled two federal lawsuits with the small cash-strapped Chester-Upland school district.



Local, State, and Federal Revenue per Pupil, by School District Locale: 2008-09
Rural and small town schools have lower funding levels than schools in other locales.