Rural Policy Matters

Promise Neighborhoods: Promising, Challenging, Exhilarating

Three rural Promise Neighborhood grant recipients offer perspective on the work.

Rural Education Summit at Berea College

A national Rural Education Summit spotlights the need for investment in rural communities and schools and some of the rewards those investments bring.

Hope to See You in the Future

A collaborative community effort to engage and support young people leads to a new business in a small North Carolina community.

Rural Policy Matters: November 2013

Rural Policy Matters: November 2013The November issue of RPM profiles a youth-led entrepreneurial effort in North Carolina; kicks off a new series, “Why What’s Rural Matters;” covers a recent tour of full-service community schools in California; reports on the education tax referendum in Colorado; and includes announcements of the 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship application process and a rural education AmeriCorps program in northern New England.
Date: November 21, 2013
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Rural Policy Matters Issue Index, Rural Trust Publication

It's Complicated... Why What's Rural Matters

America’s relationship with its rural areas is complicated. But taking rural characteristics into account can make schools and communities better, not just for rural students and residents but for everyone. In this first installment in the RPM series “Rural Matters: The Implications of Rural Characteristics for Public Policy,” we explore meaning in the many definitions of rural.

Colorado School Funding Defeat

Voters delivered a blow to education interests seeking support to address long-standing school finance issues and recent budget cuts.

Info Session for Rural AmeriCorps: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont

Information for rural schools in Maine, New Hampshire, and northern Vermont interested in applying for AmeriCorps volunteers.
Date: November 20, 2013
Related Categories: In Local News, Networks/Groups, Rural Policy Matters
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Facts and Figures About Rural Households With Internet Service

Question: What percentage of rural households has an Internet subscription?
Date: November 19, 2013
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Facts and Figures, Rural School Innovation Network (RSIN)

California State Senator Liu Hosts Community Schools Bus Tour

A tour of California schools using the community-schools model to support children and families garners significant attention.

2013 Global Teacher Fellows Share Experiences

Thirty-two rural teachers traveled the globe in the summer of 2013. Read their stories and see photos.

Rural Policy Matters: October 2013

Rural Policy Matters: October 2013The October issue of RPM announces the opening of the 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship application process; presents experiences and photos of 2013 Global Fellows; considers tragedies in Nevada and Massachusetts in the context of other incidents of school violence in the U.S.; examines the issue of school discipline through the lenses of safety, teacher retention, and school pushout; and introduces readers to don’t-miss reports on rural dropout issues and full-service community schools.
Date: October 29, 2013
Related Categories: Rural Policy Matters
Related Tags: Rural Policy Matters Issue Index, Rural Trust Publication

Tragedies Reflect Patterns in School Violence

Deadly violence in U.S. schools tends to occur in mass shootings or in events that target a specific individual. Both types of violence claimed the lives of beloved teachers this month.

Effective Discipline Key to Reducing Student and Teacher Dropout Rates

A report issued this month explores the relationship between ineffective and exclusionary school discipline practices and high rates of student and teacher dropout rates and negative student contact with the criminal justice system.

New Reports Address Important Issues for Student and Community Well-Being

Recent reports highlight key issues for improving outcomes for students, especially those in economically challenged communities.

Applications for 2014 Global Teacher Fellowship Program Now Open

Teachers and other academic personnel working in a rural or small town school may apply for fellowships for self-designed summer learning experiences based in international travel.