A new report offers four ways federal policies and a revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act could be improved to serve rural schools.
The August report from the Center for American Progress think tank says federal lawmakers should:
• Give rural schools and districts a fair chance to receive and compete for federal education funds;
• Make school-based wraparound services available to rural students;
• Ensure rural districts have options for the successful turnaround of low-performing schools; and
• Support building the teacher and principal workforce for rural schools.
The report also describes specific legislative changes to accomplish each goal.
A version of this article appeared in the September 14, 2011 edition of Education Week as Rural Schools