June 2010 Archives

Re-upping the Elementary and Secondary Education Act may be a long shot this year, but that hasn't stopped the drumbeat from rural schools to overhaul the way federal Title I funds for disadvantaged students are allocated. The latest round: A study by a research and advocacy group suggests one talked-about fix would hurt rural schools, not make funding more equitable. The June 25 issue of Rural Policy Matters, published by the Rural School and Community Trust, argues that tying funding to average salaries in local communities is no more equitable than tying it to state spending on education. Reform of ...

On a not-quite-light school-day morning, a paved farm road in North Carolina is a study in a ritual of rural life. Children in knee jeans stand bunched at mailboxes, yawning and shifting feet, waiting for an orange bus to drive out of the mist. Across the road, an old man in the garden picks beans barefooted, his pant legs rolled up to fend off last night's rain. At almost every house, one square frame of fluorescence lights a sleepy shadow inside making coffee and keeping an eye on the kids. I offer that snapshot—one I got reacquainted with a few...


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