ERIC Number: ED399118
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-2
Reference Count: N/A
State Associations of Rural and Small Schools: Missions, Operations, and Services.
A survey examined the mission, operation, and services of statewide formal networks addressing the concerns of rural school systems. Of 21 known state rural education associations, responses were received from 10: Arizona, California, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Texas. Respondents indicated that, in general, the mission of state rural education associations is to give identity, voice, and exposure to rural schools and communities through legislative advocacy, professional development, leadership, research, and collaboration with other groups. Eligibility for membership was extended to various combinations of the following: schools, school districts, individuals, colleges, businesses, and representatives of geographic regions. Membership ranged from 12 in Missouri to 4,700 in Texas, but the membership of 7 of the 10 organizations fell in the range of 101-563. Association budgets ranged from $8,000 to $375,000, with a mean of $136,450 and a median of $73,750. Funds were received primarily from membership dues and were used to pay for conferences, workshops, paid employees, program speakers, networking costs, and publication costs. Most associations had two paid employees. Association activities are concerned primarily with educating legislators, members, and communities about the educational needs and concerns of their state's rural sector. Common difficulties include maintaining member involvement, presenting a unified research-based voice on rural issues, and overcoming challenges of distance. Includes a list of 21 rural education associations and the survey questionnaire. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.