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.
Unless America dramatically changes its public school funding model, the current $122 billion meant to shore up K-12 education will do little to fundamentally change how reliant schools are on local money
Challenges for rural students begin in high school and create a higher education gap we must address
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