ERIC Number: ED329388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Rural Education: Some Problems and Solutions for South Carolina Schools.
Rosborough, Marie; And Others
Of South Carolina's 91 school districts, 24 are 100% rural. Comprised of small schools, these districts serve a large, sparsely settled geographic area, have a large minority student population, and are staffed by non-minority administrators and teachers. The small number of students and teachers severely limits a school's ability to provide for the special needs of students at both ends of the academic scale, resulting in lower scores on standardized tests. Most rural districts have relatively low tax bases and are able to generate only limited local funds. Solutions to these problems are being actively pursued. Special minority teacher and administrator recruitment programs provide low interest state loans which can be retired by teaching in a rural area. Collaborations between districts, school-university consortium arrangements, technology for distance learning, and school-based enterprises are overcoming the difficulties in school size to broaden and enrich curricular offerings. Suggestions for subsidizing teacher salaries in rural districts include paying hazardous duty pay, building teacherages or apartments, providing housing supplements or special housing loans, and paying incentives to keep teachers from leaving rural areas. Improving the productivity of rural schools involves changing attitudes about education through parent and community involvement and support. The rural education initiatives of the eight regional campuses of the University of South Carolina are profiled. Thirteen data tables are included in an appendix. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina; University of South Carolina Columbia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Rural Education Association (Reno, NV, October 6-7, 1990).