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June 05, 2014

Federal Policy and the Role of Research

We agree that evidence is important in policy decisions, and that certainty is problematic. But we have different views on how reform efforts should be paced and whether or not they should proceed incrementally.

June 03, 2014

What Should Federal Involvement Look Like?

What is the appropriate level of federal involvement? What can the Department of Education bring to the table that state and local actors can't? When does federal involvement become problematic?

May 30, 2014

Rural Students Less Likely to Take High School Science Sequence

A new federal report found that fewer graduates of rural schools completed a sequence of science courses than graduates of non-rural schools.

May 28, 2014

FCC to Continue Plan to Improve Rural Internet Access

An FCC plan to expand Internet access in rural areas has been approved by a federal appeals court.

May 21, 2014

Bill Prioritizes Rural Schools for Summer Food Program

A bill proposed by House Republicans targets low-income rural children for a federal summer food pilot program.

April 29, 2014

Rural States Boast Top Grad Rates, But Native Students Lag

New federal data show that several rural states have the highest four-year graduation rates, but disparities persist between student groups.

April 17, 2014

Rural Alaska Schools to Use Federal Funds to Increase Distance Learning, Teacher Development

New federal funds will help schools in Alaska improve professional development for teachers and increase learning opportunities for students.

April 15, 2014

Rural Education Advocate to Serve as Top Democrat on House K-12 Subcommittee

Representative Dave Loebsack, a rural education advocate from Iowa, will serve as top Democrat for a House K-12 policy subcommittee.

April 09, 2014

Some Rural Turnaround Schools Face Additional Challenges, Study Says

A U.S. Department of Education study found that rural schools encounter additional challenges that possibly hinder school improvement.

March 12, 2014

U.S. House Committee Convenes Wide-Ranging Hearing on Charters

A panel of charter school experts testified on a multitude of charter school issues, including facilities funding, accountability, and closures.

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