Consolidation receives mixed reviews in recent reports despite some lawmakers' push to merge smaller, rural districts.

Bridgeport High School, in Bridgeport, Wash., is the only rural school among six finalists competing in the Race to the Top challenge for President Obama to speak at graduation.

Appalachian Regional Development Initiative holds technical assistance workshops to help locals access federal funding and grant opportunities.

A rural South Carolina school that attracted national attention for the dilapidated condition of its building celebrated a groundbreaking last week for a new facility.

New writer takes over Rural Education blog.

Cost and resource levels make it harder to incorporate technology at many of the nation's rural schools, said the U.S. Department of Education's point person for technology, and finding ways to overcome those obstacles is part of the follow-up work being done in response to a Rural Education Technology Summit held this summer in Washington. In an interview with Tech & Learning magazine about the summit's impact, Karen Cator, director of education technology, said the Education Department is looking at how to overcome funding challenges in rural schools by integrating technology into the core context of programs. "For example, some ...

Education Department officials are in rural Alabama this week looking at programs in school districts rural advocates list among the most distressed in the nation. John White, deputy secretary for rural outreach, said the purpose of the three-day visit to the Greensboro, Ala., area was to talk about ways to train and place high-quality teachers in local schools and to tout the administration's 2020 college completion goal, highlighted at a White House summit this week. White and Michael Robbins, special assistant for faith-based and community partnerships, spent Wednesday and Thursday with rural educators, and non-profit and private sector leaders. Among ...

Momentum for a national rural teacher corps is building, say rural education advocates, buoyed by the recent resurgence of regional "grow your own" programs that develop teachers and leaders in high-need, hard-to-staff areas. The non-profit Rural School and Community Trust has been having exploratory talks with faculty and administrators at seven universities that have an interest in enhancing rural teacher preparation programs and in being part of an invigorated national effort, said Gary Funk, director of the new Ozarks Teacher Corps in Missouri. Funk, who also serves on the board of the Rural School and Community Trust, told the Rural ...

The U.S. Department of Education's top rural education official said strong school leadership is more critical to improving low-performing, high-need schools than providing schools additional federal turnaround models to try. John White, deputy secretary for rural outreach, told the Rural Education blog that the Obama administration supports the concept of full-service community schools, a turnaround approach recommended in a new rural education report. He said the fiscal year 2011 budget will request $1.2 billion for the 21st Century Learning Centers program, which incorporates community schools. Yet White did not endorse adding the community schools model to the four ...

Falling enrollments and shrinking state funds nudged voters in a dozen school districts in western and northern Iowa to OK a round of mergers beginning next year.


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