The Education Department's point person for rural schools says the administration will push to make federal education law more flexible for small districts where teachers have multiple roles.

A group of aspiring early childhood teachers from Arkansas join U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and other administration officials today on a tour of a rural pre-K learning center in Hamburg, Ark., that has been a major focus of reform efforts in that school district. That visit, and another to rural Hamburg High School, enrollment 365 students, are among the first stops for Duncan's Get on the Bus Tour on its initial day through the South. The tour heads to Louisiana and Mississippi after leaving Hamburg. John White, deputy secretary for rural outreach at the U.S. Department of ...

Education Secretary Arne Duncan's "Get on the Bus" tour makes its first stop today at a rural learning center and rural high school in Hamburg, Ark.

Billions of dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grants have begun to flow toward the nation's rural communities, aimed at erasing critical gaps in service and speed that hamper many rural schools or simply shut them out. The grants and projects vary widely, from funding fixed wireless broadband in Michigan to providing mobile broadband access to rural Alabama. Yet all the projects focus primarily on unserved or underserved communities and in many instances will provide discounted service to anchor institutions in communities such as schools and libraries. That has some rural advocates saying these public investments, under the ...

Teach for America has tapped a longtime teacher and administrator and a member of the new National Advisory Council on Indian Education to lead its fledgling Native Achievement Initiative.

Two findings from a recently released report on adult learners have implications for rural schools and communities. The study, "A Smart Move in Tough Times," by the Southern Regional Education Board, showed some rural states in that region doing far better than others at reaching and re-enrolling adults who left school without finishing basic and secondary education. It also showed that the rural states doing the best have made significant funding commitments to adult learning programs and have integrated them into education institutions and organizations at the local level. (Mary Ann Zehr summarized the report's interesting findings about English-language learners ...

A year-old non-profit that recruits alternative-certification teachers in California has announced it will refocus attention and resources on developing homegrown teachers for the state's rural, high-need schools. "Rural schools need people who understand the traditions and want to stay," said Catherine Kearney, president of the California Teacher Corps. "We're targeting need in a way that's become especially urgent in this economy." Kearney said the teacher corps will put new emphasis on building partnerships with school districts, including reconnecting with those already served and reaching out to others. "Rural communities in California are experiencing their own unique education challenges," Kearney said. "The...

How much is local identity in small, rural communities worth? Add another state to the list of those trying to answer that controversial question when it comes to funding schools.

Consolidation Watch tracks developments on this hot-button issue in rural districts.

Rural School and Community Trust is asking school districts affected by numbers weighting to share the details.


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