John White, the U.S. Department of Education's deputy assistant secretary for rural outreach, puts out a call for rural education nominees for the White House's Champion of Change program, which recognizes Americans who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.

Rural Schools Partnership, project of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, finds success in raising funds and recruiting rural educators, officials say.

The Rural School and Community Trust is launching a new project, the Center for Midwestern Initiatives, and it will be led by Gary Funk, former president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

American Institutes of Research Vice President Mark Schneider asserts that "there is no cachet in studying rural areas," and gives evidence to support his position.

A bill changing the way federal Title I money is distributed expected in coming weeks, according to Rural School and Community Trust.

Agriculture in the Classroom programs aim to improve agricultural literacy in pre-K through 12th grade schools.

Walton Rural Life Center, in rural Walton, Kan., redesigned its curriculum to integrate agriculture into all classes, and ranks in the top 5 percent of all Kansas schools in academics.

Rural schools are challenged by state and federal funding systems that deprive them of the money to provide a quality education, according to article in March issue of Phi Delta Kappan.

A new University of New Hampshire study tracking births vs. death rates in rural counties has implications for schools and other community institutions.

Rural students often look beyond counselors and use a wide variety of sources for information about their futures, says an article in the Journal of Counseling & Development.


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