How Does YOUR State Rank on Rural and Early Education?

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AASA is pleased to partner with our friends at Rural School and Community Trust to invite you to attend a hill briefing on Why Rur

Wednesday July 9, 2-3 pm
Capitol Visitors Center SVC 215

Why Rural Matters 2013-14
is published by the Rural School and Community Trust. It is the seventh in a series of biennial reports analyzing the contexts and conditions of rural education in each of the 50 states and calling attention to the need for policymakers to address rural education issues in their respective states. For the first time, the report has a focus on early childhood education in rural America. View the full report at

Key Research Findings:

  • Number of rural students is increasing: 9,765,385 
  • Rural student population is becoming more diverse 
  • Hispanic population has doubled in past decade 
  • 2.6 million (26.7%) are students of color 
  • Poverty rate has increased by 10% 
  • Based on early childhood data, critical intervention services are required to improve the future of rural education 
  • States with the highest rural education needs remain essentially the same: Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Arizona

This event is sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Representative Glen Thompson (R-PA). Panelists include Robert Mahaffey, Director, Rural School and Community Trust; President, Organizations Concerned about Rural Education; Dr. Daniel Showalter, Ohio University; and Dr. Robert Klein, Ohio University.


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