Rural Policy Matters: January 2015

Last Updated: January 28, 2015

Rural Policy Matters: January 2015

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The January 2015 issue of RPM features an article on a new early literacy program that Rural Trust, the National Council of Teachers of English, and district partners in five states are implementing; research related to preschool access; coverage of increased funding for E-rate; a reflection on student poverty reports; and updates on school finance.

Facts and Figures About Low-Income Preschoolers in the U.S.
What percentage of low-income three and four-year-olds attend preschool in the U.S.?

Increasing Early Literacy in Rural Communities
The Rural Trust is a lead partner in a new grant to demonstrate innovative approaches to strengthening literacy among young rural children.

Early Childhood Education: Few States Measuring Up
Education Week’s 2015 Quality Counts focuses on what states are doing to support learning for very young children.

E-Rate Gets Big Funding Boost, New Rules
In December the FCC gave E-Rate — the federal program that provides funding to schools and libraries for technology and high-speed internet — a funding increase of $1.5 billion.

Half of U.S. Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
More students in the U.S. are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches than at any time in history, but some miss the point in quibbles over definitions.

South Carolina, Kansas Fight School Finance Rulings
State officials in both South Carolina and Kansas are fighting court rulings to bring their finance systems up to constitutional standards.

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Editor: Robin Lambert,