Georgia’s rural schools face big problems with money, transportation, more

From Athens Banner-Herald


A recent report noted a multitude of issues facing Georgia’s rural schools

The state ranks sixth in the nation on a priority list developed by a group called The Rural School and Community Trust.

The Trust’s latest “Why Rural Matters” report noted Georgia’s high rural poverty rate, high transportation expenses and low graduation rates and test scores.

Mississippi topped the list of states whose rural schools face the greatest unmet needs, followed by Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, South Dakota, then Georgia, followed by Nevada, Florida, Oklahoma and Alaska.

The report is one more indication of the woes facing Georgia’s rural communities. Many have been losing population in recent years and are classified as economically distressed. A committee of the state Legislature has been holding meetings around the state to hear ideas about what to do about rural Georgia’s crisis.

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