Rural Policy Matters: May 2012

Last Updated: May 30, 2012

The May 2012 edition of Rural Policy Matters features stories on Place-Based Learning Events in Missouri and Vermont; youth-led poverty reduction work in Louisiana; new school discipline legislation in Colorado; school finance news from South Carolina and Iowa; and more.

Rural Policy Matters: May 2012

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Facts and Figures about Rural Teacher Salaries
Which thirteen states have the lowest rural teacher salary expenditures per full-time equivalent (a proxy for measuring full-time teacher salaries)?

Reminder: Don’t Miss Upcoming Rural School Innovation Webinar!
The fifth in a series of webinars sponsored by The Rural School and Community Trust is June 13 and there is no cost for registration.

Thomasville Rendezvous Celebrates Place-Based Learning
Over 100 participants spent time sharing their successes with place-based learning at this annual meeting, which also included workshops, the Coover Place-Based Education grant awards and the announcement of the 2012 Ozarks Teacher Corps.

“Moving to Higher Ground” Event Highlights Successes for Rural Schools and Students
The 2012 Vermont Rural Partnership’s annual place-based learning event for members of its network spotlighted youth-led and intergenerational projects that have transformed schools and communities.

Rural Louisiana Students Continue to Help Build Community Wealth
Student-run tax centers and other youth-led programs have returned over $320,000 to East Iberville residents this year and are building important school-community connections.

Rural Schools a Growing Part of the National Community School Conversation
The Coalition for Community Schools’ biennial forum is a major convening of community school advocates, and the Rural Trust engaged participants on related policy issues with particular impact on rural schools.

Global Teacher Fellows Describe the Inspiration Behind the Application: Second in a Series
Meet the 2012 Class of Global Teacher Fellows in this ongoing series featuring interviews where they describe their projects and plans for the summer.

Rural Stakeholders to Discuss Implementation of Common Core Standards
SCORE, the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education will convene education leaders from Tennessee and around the country to discuss special issues of implementing the Standards in rural communities.



Colorado Students Win State Law Reforms of Student Discipline Code
After a two-year effort, student, parent, and community advocates have won major reforms to state laws on school discipline.

Nonprofit Petitions U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Zero Tolerance Case
A civil liberties organization has asked the nation’s highest court to consider the case of a 14-year-old expelled for a plastic pen shooter.

New Report Focuses on another Side of the School-to-Prison Pipeline
A Georgetown study highlights the barriers faced by students returning to school after criminal justice system involvement.

Guidance Issued on Use of Seclusion and Restraint in Schools
The U.S. Department of Education has released a resource document that discourages use of these practices in schools.


Rural School Funding News

South Carolina Supreme Court Moves on School Funding Case
After almost four years of silence, the Palmetto State’s highest court has ordered attorneys to re-argue the case.

Iowa Supreme Court Refuses to Reinstate School Standards Case
The Iowa Supreme Court has refused to require the state to adopt specific content standards for schools, but leaves door open for future constitutional challenges.



Rural School District Performance on NAEP U.S. History Assessment
Students in rural districts taking this exam are holding their own with peers in other geographic settings.