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Johnson, Jerry; Showalter, Daniel; Klein, Robert; Lester, Christine – Rural School and Community Trust, 2014
"Why Rural Matters 2013-14" is the seventh in a series of biennial reports analyzing the contexts and conditions of rural education in each of the 50 states and calling attention to the need for policymakers to address rural education issues in their respective states. While it is the seventh in a series, this report is not simply an…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy
Strange, Marty; Johnson, Jerry; Showalter, Daniel; Klein, Robert – Rural School and Community Trust, 2012
"Why Rural Matters 2011-12" is the sixth in a series of biennial reports analyzing the contexts and conditions of rural education in each of the 50 states and calling attention to the need for policymakers to address rural education issues in their respective states. While it is the sixth in a series, this report is not simply an…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Education, Educational Policy, Annual Reports
Strange, Marty – Rural School and Community Trust, 2011
The Investing in Innovation (i3) program is a U.S. Department of Education competitive grant program supporting innovation in public schools. To encourage projects focusing on rural education in its first round of grants in 2010 the Department offered two bonus points in the scoring system for "projects that would implement innovative practices,…
Descriptors: Innovation, Scoring, Grants, Rural Education
Johnson, Jerry; Strange, Marty; Madden, Karen – Rural School and Community Trust, 2010
This report reviews high school dropout rates and related factors in rural high schools throughout 15 Southern and Southwestern states. These schools are in districts that are among the 800 rural districts with the highest student poverty rate nationally. Seventy-seven percent of the "Rural 800" districts and 87 percent of the students in them are…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Poverty, Income, Graduation Rate
Johnson, Jerry; Strange, Marty – Rural School and Community Trust, 2009
This report is the fifth in a series of biennial reports analyzing the contexts and conditions of rural education in each of the 50 states and calling attention to the need for policymakers to address rural education issues in their respective states. While it is the fifth in a series, this report is not simply an updating of data from earlier…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Public Schools, Rural Education, Student Diversity
Johnson, Jerry; Strange, Marty – Rural School and Community Trust, 2009
This report of the Rural School and Community Trust and the Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute presents findings from an investigation of the impact of the funding formula proposal commissioned by the New Mexico Funding Formula Task Force (FFTF) and developed by American Institutes of Research (AIR). Appointed by the New Mexico…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Finance
Strange, Marty; Johnson, Jerry; Finical, Ashton – Rural School and Community Trust, 2009
The authors discuss two "weighted" grant formulas intended to better target funding to districts with the highest concentrations of poverty, contending that under weighted grants, undesirable effects can occur, including: (1) Per pupil funding for a Title I student in a large school district is greater than that for a Title I student in…
Descriptors: Weighted Scores, Grants, Federal Programs, Federal Aid
Johnson, Jerry; Strange, Marty – Rural School and Community Trust, 2007
"Why Rural Matters" is the fourth in a series of biennial reports analyzing the importance of rural education in each of the 50 states and calling attention to the urgency with which policymakers in each state should address rural education issues. The researchers framed this report around five gauges measuring: (1) the importance of…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Population, Educational Objectives, Student Diversity
McCullough, Page; Johnson, Jerry – Rural School and Community Trust, 2007
This report describes, on a number of measures, the challenges facing low-wealth rural school districts in eastern North Carolina as they relate to issues of teacher quality and ensuring that students have a good teacher in each classroom. It describes five strategies that are being used in rural areas throughout the country to respond to these…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Rural Areas, Rural Schools, Low Income
Rural School and Community Trust, 2007
Since 2002, some of the federal funds provided to local school districts under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act have been distributed through "weighted" grant formulas intended to better target funding to districts with the highest concentrations of poverty. These weighted grant formulas have produced some perverse…
Descriptors: Incentive Grants, Elementary Secondary Education, Poverty, Educational Finance
Jimerson, Lorna – Rural School and Community Trust, 2007
Over the past several decades West Virginia has closed scores of small, locally-based schools (primarily high schools), as part of district-level consolidation. These consolidations have affected families and students in numerous ways. Most notably, students living in outlying towns are now required to travel much longer distances to reach…
Descriptors: School Buses, High Schools, Rural Schools, Extracurricular Activities
Jimerson, Lorna – Rural School and Community Trust, 2006
For those rural schools and communities across the country facing declining student enrollment, there are no easy answers. But there are steps policymakers and communities can take to help cushion the negative impact of declining enrollment on schools to ensure that "no child left behind" also means "no place left behind." This report details 20…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Enrollment, Declining Enrollment, Rural Schools
Jimerson, Lorna – Rural School and Community Trust, 2006
Across the country, states are pushing to close their small rural schools with the mistaken hope of saving money, in spite of overwhelming evidence that smaller schools are beneficial for students, and that they frequently function as the glue that binds together small communities, serving as their economic and social hub. The battle is even more…
Descriptors: Rural Education, Rural Schools, Individualized Instruction, Class Size
Johnson, Jerry – Rural School and Community Trust, 2006
In March 2005, Governor Tom Vilsack and a committee of 12 legislators endorsed proposals intended to "make Iowa's public schools more efficient and improve achievement." Among the proposals was one calling for an education commission that would recommend to the 2007 Legislature a minimum school district and high school size. In light of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Size, Rural Schools, School Districts
Johnson, Jerry – Rural School and Community Trust, 2006
This report presents findings from an investigation into relationships between academic achievement and the distribution of fiscal resources among rural school districts in Oregon. The investigation was prompted by earlier-reported findings suggesting the critical nature of both achievement gaps and resource gaps among rural school districts in…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Investigations, Academic Achievement, School Districts
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