For years, education lobbyists have been crying for greater taxpayer funding while ignoring schools that do more with less rather than those that do less and less with more and more.
Examples of the latter abound and can be found in most metropolitan areas. Instances of the latter are perhaps less numerous but their experience is, well, educational.
“Eighty-seven percent of the school districts in Nebraska are categorized as rural,” Jessica Strutzel of the Platte Institute writes. “The schools in these districts generally serve small populations and do not have access to the same amount of technology or resources as urban schools.”
“Despite this, rural schools have higher high school graduation rates, a higher percentage of students who participate in extracurricular activities, and higher levels of parent involvement. Rural schools in Nebraska generate a greater percentage of high school graduates who are ready for college or the work force than do urban schools.”
Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia.
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