Tag: rural schools

Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

| September 13, 2017
Addressing the unique challenges of urban and rural schools

It shouldn’t matter whether a child walks three blocks, rides a bus for an hour or carpools with neighborhood kids to get to school. They should all have access to the best educational opportunities.

Here in Arizona, about half of our public school students are enrolled in urban schools, with the remaining youth split between suburban, small towns and rural areas. This geographic diversity can create wide disparities in how schools are able to deliver on their goal to prepare their students for the next step. We spoke with seven districts across the state to better understand how their location plays a role in their ability to educate Arizona students.

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Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

| August 16, 2017
Rural schools face challenges in teaching STEM

Devin Etsitty, 17, remembers a time when he didn’t like science, technology, engineering or math, but teachers at Holbrook High School were determined to change his mind. They appointed him to lead a new program to promote STEM education.

 Now, Etsitty wants to study high-performance motorsports at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He would be the first in his family to get a college degree. 
Etsitty is a rare STEM success story. Schools in rural Arizona get less teachers, business partnerships and access to technology for STEM education than schools in metro areas, educators and business leaders said.

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Report Shows Many Challenges Rural Schools Face In Arizona

| June 28, 2017
Report Shows Many Challenges Rural Schools Face In Arizona

In the debate about education in our state, schools outside of the big cities often get overlooked.

But a new report from the Rural School and Community Trust shows that when it comes to rural schools in Arizona, there are many challenges. 

The report found more than half of all of Arizona’s rural student population are minorities. We have a high percentage of English Language Learner students, and seven in 10 rural students in our state live in poverty. And, at the same time, spending on instruction per student here is the second lowest in the nation.

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Are Arizona’s rural schools in a state of emergency? Please see related story

| June 14, 2017
Are Arizona’s rural schools in a state of emergency? Please see related story

Arizona’s rural students are diverse, poor and many are trailing academically, and a new report finds that the schools they attend have the second highest needs of any state in the nation.

Why Rural Matters, a 50-state report released today by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rural School and Community Trust, describes inequities in funding and opportunity that are leading to significant gaps in opportunity and achievement. The report urges state and federal leaders to make rural students and their communities a far greater priority. Along with a state snapshot, the report also provides analysis of STEM, early education, English-language learner programs  in rural school districts and offers solutions.

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Why do rural areas of Arizona have a shortage of STEM teachers?

| June 7, 2017
Why do rural areas of Arizona have a shortage of STEM teachers?

STEM education in rural areas of Arizona has been falling behind the curve compared to metropolitan areas, according to Arizona Science Foundation.

We would like to know if this shortage of STEM teachers and other resources such as high speed internet in your rural area affects you.

We would like to know your opinions on the matter and how these topics affect you.

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Arizona broadband project brings rural schools into 21st century. Please see related story

| May 17, 2017
Arizona broadband project brings rural schools into 21st century. Please see related story

At Congress Elementary School in Yavapai County, school administrators say their internet service used to be so bad, it went out entirely every time it rained. When it was working, it would freeze up when multiple classrooms tried to get online. …

The Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative is working to close the digital divide for rural schools. By Arizona fronting $3 million from the state’s general fund and $8 million from the Corporation Commission, the state can leverage about 100 million dollars in federal grants.

Under the program, 106 schools and libraries have submitted their forms to receive broadband. Eligibility is based on a school’s percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch.

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