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More than 9.3 million students go to public schools in rural areas, more than the combined total of the nation’s 85 largest school districts.

Rural schools, ranging from the Black Belt in the South to tiny Alaska Native villages, have many strengths but grapple with funding disparities, teacher shortages and limited college and career opportunities. Solutions are seldom explored because few reporters focus on rural schools.

The Hechinger Report is working to fill that gap.

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