Rural Education

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

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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. (January 21, 2020)

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Rural Education

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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.

Spotlight on School Transportation

More than just a means of getting to school, transportation has become a focal point for various issues of access. In this Spotlight, learn how buses have transformed into tech hubs and how busing policies are tackling questions of chronic absenteeism and equity.

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?

Quizzes

Quiz Yourself: E-Rate and Digital Learning
What is the federal e-rate program and what are the biggest challenges to digital learning?

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In the world’s wealthiest country, why is broadband access denied to so many and in such high numbers? Mark Lieberman investigates.
September 23, 2020 – Education Week
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.
June 3, 2020 – Education Week
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.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
Emotions remain raw as educators and residents in a rural Wisconsin district dig for solutions after being denied the option of dissolving.
February 12, 2020 – Education Week
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.
January 22, 2020 – Education Week
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

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