Tag: rural schools

Farm field with clouds

Can high farmland values be too much of a good thing?

by Marnie Werner, VP Research & Operations Between 2000 and 2015, the price of farmland went on a tear. Prices climbed to levels unseen before, making people nervous. Now, after a respite between 2015 and 2020 where prices stayed fairly level, the farmland market is heating up again. These record prices have implications not just ...

Broadband Speeds in Minnesota’s School Districts (2010)

Each school district in the state has varying levels of internet speeds and accessibility. Whether because of cost or physical infrastructure, schools have online access at different rates, which affects their capability of using online resources in the classroom and in the school office. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding ...

Latino Students in Public Schools: A Closer Look (2006)

In May 2001 the State Demographic Center issued a widely disseminated report that clearly documented a virtual doubling between 1990 and 2000 of the number of Minnesotans who identified themselves as either nonwhite or Hispanic (McMurry, 2001). Further, the report went on to document that the number of Minnesotans who identified themselves as Hispanic increased ...

Examining Efficiency in our Public Schools (2003)

On most measures of success such as graduation rates, parental involvement and achievement test scores, small rural schools consistently confirm their value. However, others argue that due to their small enrollments, many rural school districts simply cannot achieve the necessary critical mass and subsequent economies of scale to reach fiscal efficiency; that the most rational ...

The Need is Now: Dealing with Minnesota’s Teacher Shortage (2000)

Hundreds of Minnesota urban, suburban and rural principals had major problems when they tried to hire strong teachers for the current school year. Their experiences and their suggestions about what should be done to attract and retain strong teachers open this report. We offer the views of 710 Minnesota public school principals, representing schools serving ...