ERIC Number: ED459057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Milestones in Rural Education, 1950-2000. A SERVE Special Report.
Stephens, E. Robert; Collins, Tim; Stern, Joyce; Sanders, John R.
This analysis is organized by decades, 1950s-1990s. In each decade, a context is presented for summarizing general information on broad education events that also affected rural areas and schools. Next, policies are outlined that were directed at or had a significant impact on rural education at the federal and then the state level. State-level policies with national significance are included. Research that specifically focused on rural education is also described. Finally, other critical developments that significantly affected rural education in that decade are listed. Each milestone is followed by a brief statement of rationale for inclusion. Those interested in rural schools have much to celebrate when they review the milestones of the past 50 years, including the virtual demise of mandated school district reorganization; the development of many state policy strategies to address issues of funding adequacy and equity, as well as quality educational programs; the growing body of additive, policy-relevant research; the increasing professionalization of rural policymakers, educators, and researchers; the growth of rural special interest groups at the national and state levels; the resurgence of local citizens seeking to play an active role in their schools; and the slow, inexorable establishment of precedence favorable to rural schools in federal laws and policy. The continuing struggle of rural residents to provide a quality education for their children, despite obstacles, has helped make these milestones possible. (Contains 21 references.) (TD)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Consolidated Schools, Education Work Relationship, Educational Equity (Finance), Educational History, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Politics of Education, Public Policy, Role of Education, Rural Education, School District Autonomy
For full text: http://www.serve.org/publications/Milestones%20in%20Rural%20Ed.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: SERVE: SouthEastern Regional Vision for Education.