Rural Education

Rural disaffection has helped to drive the nation’s politics. Yet little attention has been paid to the role of education in this. We examine rural K-12 and higher education through the stories of rural schools and students. See all our Special Reports

Even if they want to go to college, millions of adults live in higher education “deserts”

At least 25 miles from the nearest campus, they also don’t have internet speeds to study online

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections.

Federal penny pinchers keeping rural schools from the internet

Federal E-rate money could bring these high-speed connections to rural schools, but funding is elusive

Student Jaylen Dennis sets up an experiment to test one of Newton’s Laws.

Can online learning level the AP playing field for rural kids?

Some schools are wading deeper into more immersive online education, but experts urge caution

Schools in rural Appalachia struggle to provide counseling services to students, and the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative has sought to fill the gap with an online resource.

Rural schools find an online resource to fill gaps in mental health services for students

Fewer behavioral problems in class and fewer mental health referrals to outside agencies after using the program

A girl at recess runs at the Heart Butte School on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in northern Montana. Overshadowed by attention to the challenges faced by nonwhite high school graduates in cities, low-income black, Hispanic and native American students in rural areas are equally unlikely to go on to college.

Economics, culture and distance conspire to keep rural nonwhites from higher educations

Eclipsed by urban counterparts, rural nonwhites go to college at equally low rates

Junior Alex DesRuisseaux and senior Jesus Garcia work in the library of the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates

The University of Maine at Presque Isle hopes new approach will produce more skilled workers for a struggling region

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Students in Mount View High School teacher Amber Shirley’s math class work on an assignment.

Can putting the least-experienced teachers in the highest-risk schools ever result in success?

A district seeks teachers who will put down roots and stay

Along with demonstrators, supporters of President Donald J. Trump showed up for the opening day of the new civil rights museum; one supporter looks at a list of those who were lynched. 

Never mind Trump’s visit — Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum is a real game changer for education

State’s racist history revealed in unsparing detail: ‘It hurts my heart’

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