ERIC Number: ED309022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Schools in Crisis: Students at Risk. A Report of the Special Task Force on Rural School Districts.
West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
West Virginia is recognized as the second most sparsely populated state in the nation. Legislation that intended to upgrade the quality of education in the state was passed in 1988. Some educational leaders argued that statewide reform must consider the uniqueness of sparse, rural school districts in the state, taking into account issues such as sparsity of population, rough terrain, inadequate roads, limited fiscal and human resources, and a general inequity of educational opportunity. On December 20, 1988, the State Superintendent of Schools, Tom McNeel, appointed a special task force on rural school districts. The task force was charged with the responsibility of determining the unique and special needs of rural school districts in the state and to propose solutions dealing with the problems of these school districts. Of West Virginia's 55 counties, 25 counties were identified as sparse, with 10 or fewer students per square mile. Counties in this category have between 1.63 and 8.93 students per square mile with an average of 5.15, compared to an average of 22.68 in the other 30 counties and the state average of 13.48. The task force addressed the following characteristics and needs: (1) per capita income; (2) unemployment; (3) economic factors; (4) special education; (5) curriculum and instruction; (6) school finance; and (7) impact of education reform legislation. Twelve specific recommendations are listed to help sparsely populated counties better serve students. Statistical data are presented in table form throughout the report. Appendices include 19 references and 10 tables. (ALL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia