Give Now

Delays, Closings and Severe Weather - View All Alerts and Updates

Report: Indiana’s Rural Schools Disproportionally Funded

Argos

Photo: WFIU/WTIU News

Half of the nation's rural students are located in just 10 states, including Indiana.

Indiana has the eighth highest population of rural students in the country. One in four public school students in the state attend a rural school.

The Rural School and Community Trust issues a report each year to outline various issues rural schools across the country face. A major takeaway about Indiana is the amount the state funds rural school districts.

According to the report, half of the nation’s rural students are located in just 10 states, including Indiana. But Indiana is one of the few states with disproportionate funding for rural schools.

The data used in the report is from the 2015-2016 school year, when the state allocated around $5,000 per student.

“That’s relatively low,” says Alan Richard, the Rural School and Community Trust’s board chairman. “Some state’s spend upwards of $10,000 per student and they get great results, frankly.”

This is because the state legislature voted in 2015 to nearly equalize school funding across the state. So rather than giving more money to a school district with more needs, all schools now get a very similar amount.

We’ve reported on how lack of funding is hurting the technology efforts of rural districts across the state as well as how some districts are struggling as their funding streams dwindle.

The report also found Indiana has one of the highest rates of students with individualized education plans, which means they need some degree of accommodation in the classroom.

Indiana’s rural students do have a high graduation rate compared to other states, and performed well on national standardized tests.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Education Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook