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Infrastructure Internet Access Is a Civil Rights Issue
In the world’s wealthiest country, why is broadband access denied to so many and in such high numbers? Mark Lieberman investigates.
Mark Lieberman, September 23, 2020
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Special Education Serving Special Needs Students During COVID-19: A Rural Educator's Story
Just because a rural school system has internet doesn’t mean everyone can afford it. That’s why James Barrett delivers paper work packets, along with meals, to his students during the COVID-19 crisis.
Corey Mitchell, May 18, 2020
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Classroom Technology The Disparities in Remote Learning Under Coronavirus (in Charts)
As it's done with the country's health-care system, economy, and social safety net, the pandemic is exposing and exacerbating the deep inequities that have long shaped American public education.
Benjamin Herold, April 10, 2020
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Special Education What the Research Says Disabilities More Common in Rural Areas
Children in rural areas are more likely to have developmental disabilities and are less likely to receive special education or early-intervention services than children living in urban areas, says a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Corey Mitchell, March 10, 2020
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Equity & Diversity Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of news stories you may have missed.
February 25, 2020
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The Kachemak Selo School serves 39 students in grades K-12 in a roadless and remote village established by Russian Old Believers, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Kachemak Selo School serves 39 students in grades K-12 in a roadless and remote village established by Russian Old Believers, a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
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School & District Management Project An Alaskan Village's Long Wait for a New School
Rural schools struggle to maintain adequate buildings, but the quest for a new school has been fraught for this remote Old Believer village.
Victoria Petersen, February 11, 2020
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Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
Fans and teammates stand during the national anthem at a basketball game at Palmyra-Eagle High School in Palmyra, Wis., Jan. 16.
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School & District Management A School District in Fiscal Free-Fall Scrambles to Avoid Crash Landing
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
Daarel Burnette II, January 31, 2020
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School & District Management Will Academia Give Rural Schools the Attention They Need?
A push to open a center devoted to research and professional development for rural K-12 holds promise for educators who work in small, isolated communities.
Denisa R. Superville, January 21, 2020
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Classroom Technology Troubleshooting Tech Realities in Rural Schools
Internet connectivity, recruiting staff, and finding partners to learn from are all big challenges for an ed-tech leader in a district off the coast of Alaska.
Alyson Klein, January 14, 2020
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College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 3: ‘A home to come back to’
Rural students don’t go to college in the same numbers that their urban or suburban peers do. And for rural students of color whose families or communities are of limited means, the numbers are even lower. But there are many success stories—and Education Week wanted to tell one.
Erin Irwin, December 20, 2019
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College & Workforce Readiness Video From the Pueblo to College: The Journey of Two Rural Students, Chapter 1: 'Not giving up on school'
For several months in 2019, Education Week followed two college-bound students—Temeya Gachupin and Justin Madalena—who come from the Pueblo of Jemez in New Mexico, so that we could tell their personal and academic stories.
Erin Irwin, December 19, 2019
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Tara LeRoy, left, and her daughter Bailey, 10, tend their pony at their home in Palmyra, Wis. LeRoy has joined with other parents in seeking ways the Palmyra-Eagle district could stave off dissolving because of financial pressures.
Tara LeRoy, left, and her daughter Bailey, 10, tend their pony at their home in Palmyra, Wis. LeRoy has joined with other parents in seeking ways the Palmyra-Eagle district could stave off dissolving because of financial pressures.
Lauren Justice for Education Week
Student Well-Being Open Enrollment Has Drained One District. It's Looking to Dissolve
Wisconsin’s Palmyra-Eagle district has lost more than half its students in the last decade, sparking a fiscal crisis. A special board is deciding whether the district should be allowed to dissolve.
Daarel Burnette II, December 10, 2019
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Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Andy Beshear appears at the state Democrtic Party's election night watch event.
Kentucky Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Attorney General Andy Beshear appears at the state Democrtic Party's election night watch event.
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School & District Management Education Issues Resonate in Governors' Races
This year's November elections—a preview to next year's nationwide showdowns—cast their own spotlight on education, a dynamic that played out most prominently in the Kentucky governor's race, where teachers organized to unseat a combative incumbent who'd sparred with them.
Evie Blad, November 12, 2019
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Ethan Pugh, center, an 11th grade student at Jackson at Jackson Independent Schools works with fellow eastern Kentucky students during "create-a-thon," an exercise to help get the word out to communities about the importance of the upcoming US Census.
Ethan Pugh, center, an 11th grade student at Jackson at Jackson Independent Schools works with fellow eastern Kentucky students during "create-a-thon," an exercise to help get the word out to communities about the importance of the upcoming US Census.
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Student Well-Being For Students in Coal Country, the Census Is a Hands-On Civics Lesson
In rural communities with shrinking populations, schools are enlisting students to help prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from undercounting them next year.
Evie Blad, November 12, 2019
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