A five-year grant aims to increase the number of rural students interested in biomedical and health careers in Alaska.
During the 2010-11 school year, about 59 percent of rural high school graduates enrolled in college, compared to 55 percent of their urban peers.
A new Educare early-childhood school will mix research-based instruction with Native culture and language.
In 2011, minority students, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, made up only 10 percent of the workforce in science and engineering jobs.
The rate of incarcerated youth in West Virginia has grown more than any other state since 2001.
Rural students are less likely to have access to STEM programs to build interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
As more music and arts classes hit the chopping block, rural music teachers say they rely on outside money to keep those programs alive.
Native American teachers are underrepresented in schools nationwide.
Only 16 percent of charter schools are in rural areas, and some question whether they benefit rural communities.
Only 25 percent of Native students completed the requirements for college admittance to the University of California and the California State University systems in the 2011-12 school year.