Rural Schools Praised by U.S. Education Chief Duncan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan was a panelist at the 2014 Rural Education National Forum held in Columbus, Ohio. While praising the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative for its work in improving graduation rates and streamlining funding to prioritize teachers and classrooms, Duncan also drew attention to common issues facing rural school districts nationwide such as high faculty turnover rates, lack of adequate funding and limited access to technology. These issues are explored at length in Raising Bertie, an upcoming documentary following three at-risk youth in rural North Carolina over the course of five years.

The Rural Education National Forum began last year through a partnership with Battelle for Kids and the Ohio and Kentucky education departments. You can watch the speech in its entirety here.

The Columbus Dispatch | Rural Schools Praised in Columbus Stop by U.S. Education Chief Duncan

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