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ERIC Number: EJ864135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-2
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Rural Areas Perceive Policy Tilt
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v29 n2 p1, 22 Sep 2009
When U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talks about using merit pay to attract the best teachers to the classroom, he probably doesn't have in mind a place like Richmond County, North Carolina. In this rural community where the unemployment rate is nearly 14 percent and there's no movie theater for miles around, school administrators say money isn't the recruitment tool it is in the big city. And when Mr. Duncan talks about states' needing to embrace charter schools to give parents more educational options, he may not be envisioning places like South Dakota or Montana, where half the school districts have just a few hundred students--and little demand for public school alternatives. Rural school advocates say the federal priorities emerging under Mr. Duncan--a former chief executive officer of the 408,000-student Chicago public school system--favor education improvement ideas that are best suited to urban settings. Initiatives such as the Race to the Top Fund competition fail to recognize the distinctive problems facing rural districts, which serve some 13 million students, or about one-quarter of the nation's public school enrollment, according to the Rural School and Community Trust, based in Arlington, Virginia. In South Dakota, more than half the school districts have fewer than 300 students, so rural champions question whether a new school would draw the kind of numbers needed to justify opening it. (In another such state, Montana, half the districts have fewer than 100 students.) Rural educators stress that approaches such as charter schools that might work for urban districts may not work everywhere.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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