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.

OPINION: Many rural schools have been ‘minimally adequate’ for too long

Why other states should monitor South Carolina's school-funding debate

This Mississippi district says these four strategies are helping their struggling readers

Heightened focus on literacy instruction, teacher training is having an impact

When math lessons at a goat farm beat sitting behind a desk

Vermont hopes new work-based learning opportunities will engage students and stem youth exodus

OPINION: Is this the way to transform struggling rural schools?

When students understand what and why they are learning

Oil references are everywhere at Williston State College, at the heart of North Dakota’s Bakken oilfield.

For rural colleges, good vocational teachers are hard to find

A national shortage hits remote colleges often responsible for keeping their towns afloat

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

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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

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