Investing in Rural Schools

Investing in Rural Schools

The best reforms support local innovation and control, increase teacher pay, and reverse the defunding of public schools, especially in rural areas. It would be shocking if our states provided fire fighters only to rich communities rather than sending them to where they are needed; however, that is how we currently fund public education in the United States. For example, the 2001 law Leave No Child Behind Law discriminates against rural areas and small towns by employing criteria that deem rural schools to be failing when they are not. Such schools then suffer by losing funding and not being able to attract and retain high quality teachers. This cycle must end – we must fund schools so that all of Montana’s children can succeed. Source: 7/25/2022


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