Rural Education

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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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The network was built with the help of an FCC program called the Educational Broadband Service, which needs to be opened up to more schools, critics say.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
Researchers and educators are collaborating in 13 rural Virginia districts to develop lessons that speak to academically promising students through their surroundings.
October 26, 2016 – Education Week
In a small town the president promised to help 8 years ago, here's what changed, and what didn't.
August 17, 2016 – Education Week
From zookeeping to transportation logistics, Bryan High School's career classes reflect real local economic needs.
June 2, 2016 – Education Week
In this graphic, each dot represents a school district in a given state. Greater distance between dots indicates greater disparities in funding.
May 2, 2016 – Education Week
This state-by-state graphic shows the percentage of students that attend school districts that spend at or above the national average ($11,841 per pupil).
May 2, 2016 – Education Week
Use this interactive map to see how much your district spends on students and how per-pupil spending compares across the nation.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
The growth in the number of small, personalized, and more affordable "micro schools" is seen as the first innovation in the private school sector in decades.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
After miscalculating expected revenues, lawmakers in a number of mineral-dependent states are preparing to debate alternative sources of funding for state school aid.
January 13, 2016 – Education Week

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