Rural Education

The latest news about rural education, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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Who Are the Students in the Nation's Rural Schools?

More than 9.3 million U.S. students attended a rural school last year. A new report examines factors that affect them like poverty, academic achievement, and diversity. (November 7, 2019)

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Where Are the Nation's Most Remote School Districts?
Keeping classrooms fully staffed is especially hard in remote, rural districts, which educate 2 percent of the nation’s schoolchildren. Find the school systems that meet the U.S. Census Bureau’s definition of remote and rural on this interactive map.

Spotlight on Rural Education

Rural schools are tackling unique challenges to provide a quality education to their students. In this Spotlight, see how schools are expanding access to hard-to-staff courses, building up talented teacher workforces, and developing place-based lessons to reach promising students.

Special Report

The Slowest Internet in Mississippi
Rural schools are often charged outrageous rates for lousy Internet service. Can billions of federal dollars and a menu of market-based reforms fix the problem?

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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.
January 15, 2020 – Education Week
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.
December 11, 2019 – Education Week
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.
November 13, 2019 – Education Week
In rural communities with shrinking populations, schools are enlisting students to help prevent the U.S. Census Bureau from undercounting them next year.
November 27, 2019 – Education Week
Smaller school districts could face unique challenges in complying with the federal education law’s mandate for evidence-based strategies when it comes to improving their lowest-performing schools.
September 11, 2019 – Education Week
Is it possible to replace a culture of long-simmering distrust? Only if education leaders make some serious changes, writes Katherine Schultz.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Rural communities with low internet connection could soon see upgrades thanks to a new Department of Agriculture grant program.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week
Increased air pollution threatens students' academic success more than you might think, warns physician and former classroom teacher Kunal Sindhu.
April 18, 2019 – Education Week
Where does Secretary DeVos' education strategy leave rural educators? Andy Hargreaves explores how teacher collaboration can fill in the gap.
February 19, 2019 – Education Week
In the mountains of Virginia and Kentucky, gifted educators use local lessons to help bright students feel rooted and engaged.
November 14, 2018 – Education Week

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