ERIC Number: ED484823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Reference Count: 76
Rural School Facilities: State Policies that Provide Students with an Environment to Promote Learning. Policy Brief
McColl, Ann; Malhoit, Gregory C.
Rural School and Community Trust
Every state in the nation is currently charting a course to improve its public education system. As states raise education standards and invest in programs to improve student achievement, there are a number of reasons why it is essential that states consider the school facility needs of rural schools. This report is intended to assist state policymakers, educators, and community members in identifying critical school facility issues and crafting state policies that meet the needs of all students, especially rural students. A number of policy approaches are suggested that can help ensure that the educational needs of students, especially students living in rural areas, are addressed and met. The recommendations draw on state experiences--both good and bad. Appendix A provides a set of "Guiding Principles" that summarize overarching themes that should be part of a fair and effective state school facilities program. A "State School Facilities Policy Checklist" is included in Appendix B as a simple tool for evaluating a state school facilities program. Appendix C lists other sources of information and resources about facility policies, funding, and rural school facilities.
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Public Education, Rural Schools, Educational Policy, State Standards, Educational Finance, Financial Support
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: Rural School and Community Trust, Washington, DC.