Slow and Costly: Rural Schools' Broadband Problems

A new Education Week series chronicles the immense challenges some rural school districts have faced in accessing and paying for faster Internet. Network providers across the country have charged high monthly service rates to rural school districts, whose sparse populations make it difficult for the companies to justify the cost of providing high-speed lines in such remote locations. Consequently, in 2014 the FCC decided to overhaul the longstanding E-Rate program, funneling $1.5 billion into viable alternatives for providing high-speed Internet for as many schools as possible while deducting rates by 25 percent. Though the new rules are getting some ...

Program Aims to Boost Dual-Enrollment Offerings in Rural Colorado

The initiative will offer scholarships for teachers to take courses and earn a credential to teach dual enrollment.

North Dakota to Expand Distance Learning in Rural Areas

USDA grants will improve educational opportunities in rural schools across the country.

Study: New Teacher Pay Plan Would Overly Burden Rural Alaska Districts

The proposed salary schedule would mean 105 percent salary raises in some rural districts.

Rural Nevada Community Attempts to Form New School District

The new district would separate from the large Clark County School District and represent three rural towns.

In Rural Alabama, Parents to Get Free Community Colleges Tuition

A program in rural Alabama will offer free community college to parents.

More Tribes Receive Funding to Take Control of Schools

Eight tribes will receive nearly $2.5 million in federal funding.

Dartmouth College Project to Boost STEM in Rural Libraries

The project will attempt to turn 110 rural libraries into STEM learning centers for rural residents.

Four Ways to Integrate Rural Ed. Issues Into Teacher Prep

California State University, Chico has integrated lessons on rural education into its teacher preparation program.

Native Students Chronically Absent From Oregon Schools

Nearly a third of Oregon's Native students missed more than 10 percent of school days last year.

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