A roundup of rural education news from around the country.
Some districts believe that hiring Native teachers will improve schools that serve Native students.
Hispanic children are an increasing rural demographic and face more obstacles than their urban peers.
With tight budgets, schools have stopped buying supplies and turned to single-gender classes to save money and make scheduling easier.
Michigan has underfunded its Native tuition program for years, which has put a burden on the state's colleges and universities to make up the difference.
The NEST Act would provide scholarships and loan-forgiveness plans for new Native teachers.
Up to ten rural and tribal communities will receive technical support from federal agencies to improve the quality of life for adults and children.
Although rural schools often struggle with Internet access and technology upgrades, rural districts in Ohio have embraced online exams.
The two rural district had 100 percent of students in some grades opt-out of science or social studies exams.
Researchers found that small schools don't offer as many courses as larger school, which may contribute to the college-going gap between rural and urban schools.