ERIC Number: ED364374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Oct-14
Save the Community or Save the Students: Policy Implications from Studies of Rural School Success.
Henry, Kenneth J.; And Others
The current patchwork of programs designed to ameliorate poverty has failed. Efforts to alleviate poverty by expanding educational opportunities have also had little impact. Poverty among youth has increased during the past two decades even though federal funds for reducing poverty have grown and median educational attainment has increased. Centralized policies and programs have been neither effective nor efficient; perhaps because they are developed on the basis of aggregate data (while needs are diverse), they often ignore the needs and interests of those served, and they may undermine local survival strategies that have been operating for generations. A summary of findings from two rural schools in economically depressed Appalachian counties illustrates the diversity of conditions and needs that can be found in locations that would appear very similar to demographers and policymakers. Evidence from these locations supports policy recommendations to: (1) create a system of coordinated poverty interventions that avoids gaps and duplications; (2) provide funding for local development, design, and pilot testing of programs; (3) develop avenues for dissemination of information about successful interventions; (4) utilize the school as the hub of all activities pertaining to program development for economically disadvantaged youth; and (5) provide funding for articulation of efforts between schools and service agencies. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (85th, Burlington, VT, October 14-17, 1993).