Category: Education

A Snapshot of Open Enrollment Trends in Rural Minnesota

The number of students choosing to open enroll in Greater Minnesota has been trending upward consistently since the policy was developed, but within the last ten years, these patterns have been intensifying, and in such a way that they are impacting how districts plan their programming, busing, and finances.

The Atlantic: Rural America’s Neglected Higher-Education Problem

EXCERPT: “Only 59 percent of rural high-school graduates enroll in college the subsequent fall, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. That’s a lower proportion than students from urban and suburban areas. ‘It was amazing to me as a journalist—and embarrassing’ to realize that college-going is less common among students in rural America, says Jon Marcus, the ...

MinnPost: Minnesota taxpayers largely said ‘yes’ to more school funding. But what does the future look like for the districts that struck out?

EXCERPT: “This fall, 98 school districts in Minnesota asked voters to approve referendums to support everything from reducing class sizes and avoiding staff cuts to investing in building upgrades, construction projects, safety improvements and technology . . . Despite the success that many districts celebrated last week, (the Minnesota School Boards Association’s Greg) Abbott took note ...

The Atlantic: The Rural Higher-Education Crisis

EXCERPT: “The high-school graduates who head off to campus in the lowest proportions in America are the ones from rural places. Understanding and addressing this ‘is critical to our future, not just for employment but for civil discourse and kids feeling like they can contribute and achieve and not feeling lost and ignored,’ said Jeff Hawkins, ...

Daily Yonder: CLOSE A RURAL SCHOOL, HURT A RURAL COMMUNITY

EXCERPT: “For the past 150 years, the number of rural schools has fallen precipitously. Since the late 1800s, policymakers and school bureaucrats have responded to rapid urbanization, innovations in transportation, and a desire to reform ‘backwards’ rural communities by consolidating and closing rural schools throughout the country, drastically reducing the number of schools. In 1930, ...

New Ulm Journal: New Ulm summer lunch program victim of regulations

EXCERPT: “New Ulm—By now, most affected people know ISD 88 is not serving free lunch for kids this summer. Details as to why, however, may still be foggy for most…. “‘We are not area-eligible anymore,” Director of Dining Services Teri Jespersen said during the District 88 May study session. “We kind of really never have ...