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Education today/Steve Patchin

Rural schools facing increased challenges

August 16, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics there are 14,076 school districts in the United States of which 7,873 of these are rural school districts, or 56 percent. Thirty one percent of all public schools are considered in a rural area. The Census Bureau defines rural as a place with less than 2,500 people. As school education budgets shrink and educational requirements of graduating students increase, these small schools face challenges that tend to be more unique than urban and suburban schools.



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