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|
SOURCE: Rural School and Community Trust, with data from the U.S. Department of Education
A version of this article appeared in the July 28, 2004 edition of Education Week as Extensions Affect Regions Differently