WPR reports that a new report shows state gives less funding to rural districts.
Many students in rural areas in Wisconsin and across the country are still facing inequity, according to a new study from the Rural School and Community Trust, a national nonprofit that helps rural schools and communities, reports WPR.
The report looks at the more than 9 million students who attended a rural school last year. That is roughly 1 in 5 students in the United States, more than the nation’s 85 largest school districts combined.
“While some rural schools thrive, others and their communities continue to face devastating obstacles in the education and well-being of children,” said Robert Mahaffey, the executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, in a statement.
The report found numerous states provide a disproportionately large share of funding for rural school districts, but Wisconsin was among the 12 states that provided less. In the Badger State, rural districts get less state funding per student than urban and suburban districts. And, reports WPR, it typically costs rural district more to serve each student.
Kim Kaukl, director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, told WPR that many rural schools across the state are stuck under revenue caps and are still working to return to pre-recession funding levels in some cases. The findings in the reportt weren’t surprising, he said. He added that the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance has been pushing for additional funding for years.
The report listed Wisconsin as the 44th highest-need state.