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"The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education"

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Arguing that current federal reform models are failing struggling rural schools, a new report makes the case for a new “community schools” turnaround option.

Pioneered in some high-poverty, low-performing urban areas, community schools aim to raise student performance by strengthening families and communities through a range of services.

The report released last month by the Washington-based Center for American Progress recommends ways to apply the same model to rural settings.

Among its recommendations, the report calls for: developing community-educator certification programs; removing barriers to community and educator engagement in schools; incorporating multiple community needs in planning for new schools; reducing the financial risk for partners involved in new school construction projects; and directing more state and federal investment into community schools.

Vol. 30, Issue 06, Page 5

Published in Print: October 6, 2010, as Community Schools
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