Rural Policy Matters: October 2014

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

Rural Policy Matters: October 2014

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The October 2014 issue of RPM examines the Seattle-area school shooting in light of other information on school violence; delves into a raft of research on college-going rates; considers new information on student well-being in the U.S.; examines education issues in next month’s elections; and shares information about initiatives in which the Rural Trust is involved.

Applications for 2015 Global Teacher Fellowship Program Due January 30, 2015
Teachers and other academic personnel working in a rural or small town school may apply for fellowships for self-designed summer learning experiences based in international travel.

Facts and Figures About College Enrollment for Rural vs. Urban Students
Are rural students more or less likely than their urban peers to attend college?

Latest School Tragedy: Many Questions, Few Answers
The latest shooting in an American high school points to common factors and confounding differences in deadly incidents of school violence.

FBI Study of “Active Shooter” Incidents
An FBI report sheds light on more than a decade of mass shooting incidents.

School Safety: Issues and Complications in Recent Headlines
States and districts have employed a variety of strategies to address school safety concerns in recent years. But events in several states have pointed to complications in outcomes.

Demographics, Locale Influential in College Going Rates
Most recent American high school graduates spend some time in college. But students who graduate from high schools with certain characteristics are much less likely to make it to college than their peers.

Education a Key Issue in Some State Elections
Education may play a surprisingly large role in several state elections next month and some issues are challenging partisan divisions.

More Indicators American Child Well-Being is Declining
More American children and youth are homeless than ever before; cuts to recess and p. e. in school may be damaging more than students’ physical health.

Office of Civil Rights Guidance for Schools
Guidance issued earlier this month by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights addresses what states and districts should do to ensure equal access to educational resources and opportunities.

Made in Rural America: USDA Report
A recent report provides information on state-level USDA investments in rural economic development.

Coalition for Teaching Quality Policy Recommendations
Report outlines steps for ensuring high quality teachers for all students.