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Like all schools serving rural communities, rural charter schools face many challenges to their vision. Rural charters, however, often face additional challenges not typically associated with their traditional district school peers. To help teachers, staff and Boards of rural charter schools better address the challenges they face, the team at the RCSC has worked to curate a collection of resources that we hope will be useful to you.

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In this paper commissioned by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho (ROCI), Paul Hill explains why rural education should become a priority for federal and state governments and for philanthropies concerned with education. Hill concludes by outlining the goals of ROCI to identify the specific problems faced by rural schools and how they might be solved. This is the first in a series of papers intended to move rural education issues to the front of the national discussion about making great schools for all students, no matter where they live.

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For large numbers of students in urban America charter schools have become a basic fact of life. But, for rural America, charters are still largely a novelty. For many a 'rural charter school' is something of an oxymoron. In this 2014 study first presented at the National Association of Public Charter Schools Conference, Terry Ryan explores ways in which charter schools serving rural communities can help enhance educational opportunities for students in rural America.

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Charters schools serving rural communities face a host of challenges that set them apart from their urban counterparts, charter experts say. Besides a lack of suitable facilities, they have smaller budgets and fewer support services than urban charters; a smaller pool of students, teachers, and administrators to draw from; and, often, particularly tense relationships with their local school districts as they compete for limited resources and relatively few students.

Such difficulties may help explain why the proportion of charters serving rural communities, though growing, is still small. But proponents of charters say those independent public schools can breathe new economic life into rural communities.

Learn more as Katie Ash explores this issue at EdWeek: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2014/05/07/30rural_ep.h33.html