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Rural Schools Often Ignored in Research and Policy Discussions

The poverty, inequity, and isolation that students in rural schools must cope with are often overlooked in education research and policy discussions, according to a new report from the National School Board Association's Center for Public Education.

The report argues that despite the fact that rural schools struggle with high and lows more commonly associated with urban schools—high rates of poverty, low literacy rates, and low college attendance rates among them—the needs of millions of students are often neglected. More than 9 million students attend rural K-12 schools in the United States, according to "Why Rural Matters," a 2017 report by the Rural School and Community Trust.


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