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Extensions Affect Regions Differently

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Federal data show that many school districts in the Midwest, West, and Great Plains will be given extra years to meet teacher-quality requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act. Most rural districts in those states meet the definition of “rural” cited in the regulations. In contrast, most rural and small-town districts in the Southeast will not receive the extension. Here’s a sampling of how different states are affected by the regulations.

West/Midwest Extension-Eligible Districts Ineligible Districts
Illinois 276 28
Iowa 164 0
Kansas 164 8
Michigan 138 20
Minnesota 134 4
Missouri 255 82
Montana 375 17
Nebraska 440 0
North Dakota 186 2
Ohio 45 36
Oklahoma 348 130
South Dakota 135 1
Texas 523 106
Wisconsin 129 3
Southeast
Alabama 0 58
Florida 1 23
Georgia 8 87
Kentucky 10 74
Louisiana 4 38
Mississippi 8 98
North Carolina 27 42
South Carolina 0 29
Tennessee 3 43
Virginia 4 17
West Virginia 1 36

SOURCE: Rural School and Community Trust, with data from the U.S. Department of Education

Vol. 23, Issue 43, Page 13

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