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Rural Schools Serve Increasingly Diverse, Low-Income Population

Rural Schools Serve an Increasingly Diverse Population

More than 20 percent of children in the U.S. are enrolled in rural schools, and nearly one-third of all public schools are classified as rural. 

Why Rural Matters, a study conducted by the Rural School and Community Trust, examined these schools to find common themes and trends, according to Education Week

The study found percentages of rural schools vary by state. In MT, more than 75 percent of schools are rural, compared to less than 7 percent in MA. Rural schools are also very diverse and serve many low-income students. Between 2008-2011,  the percentage of rural minority students increased slightly from 26 percent to 27 percent. The percentage of students who received free or price-reduced lunch also increased by five percentage points to 47 percent. 

Read the full story and see more data. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor


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