All school districts must maintain a certain set of services no matter what the location, including facilities, staff, transportation and food services. It costs a small school more to provide these services. Rural schools face many challenges in acquiring the financial and human resources necessary to offer the quality of education students need. Rural school districts have a harder time attracting and retaining teachers and administrators.
Small schools are often seen as a stepping stone to suburban schools where there is better pay, possibly fewer classes to prepare for and other perks. Rural districts may have difficulty offering advanced academic or vocational courses due to finances and available personnel. Rural school districts face closing or consolidating schools due to population loss or perceived cost saving measures.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the definition of a rural and/or small school?
- What is the No Child Left Behind Act?
- How are rural schools going to meet the teacher quality requirements of NCLB?
- What is school consolidation?
- What programs are available to provide needy children with free or reduced-price lunches?
- How can our rural area start an after-school program?
- Is there a list of state rural education associations?
- How are schools addressing the shortage of health professionals and getting students interested in health careers?