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 abbreviated school weeks are expanding in some areas, and yet no one can say with certainty what the benefits are for student achievement or district budgets, finds an in-depth examination by Idaho Education News and Idaho Public Television.
December 15, 2015 – Education Week
Idaho Education News provides a look at common assertions about the four-day schedule—and how they stack up against the facts.
December 15, 2015 – Education Week
A consolidation plan for Fayette County schools pushed by the state schools chief that aims to shutter dilapidated facilities and open a new one has proved divisive.
December 9, 2015 – Education Week
The number of students without adequate Internet connections in school has been cut in half over the past two years, EducationSuperHighway study finds.
December 2, 2015 – Education Week
Cost and rural settings are among the barriers as districts strive to bring fast broadband access to schools, according to a report from the Consortium for School Networking.
November 11, 2015 – Education Week
Dual-credit programs in 19 states feel threatened by a new rule requiring high school teachers of those classes to have a master's degree.
October 14, 2015 – Education Week
By building on its Navajo students' culture, the STAR School is giving some graduates the confidence to seek a college education far from home.
September 9, 2015 – Education Week
The Grandview, Wash., school system has made an unusually ambitious move to replace its entire Pre-K-10 math and English/language arts curricula with open resources.
June 11, 2015 – Education Week
Congress and the Obama administration are pressuring the agency to right its flailing operations after years of turnover, lack of expertise, and financial problems at the BIE.
June 3, 2015 – Education Week
An academic reward turned into a painful experience earlier this year for a group of American Indian students, Robert Cook writes.
May 6, 2015 – Education Week

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