The Possibility of Public Education

Mara Casey Tieken

in Why Rural Schools Matter

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print December 2014 | ISBN: 9781469618487
Published online May 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781469618500
The Possibility of Public Education

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This chapter discusses the various policies and educational reforms that have unsettled rural communities in Arkansas. It focuses on Senator Jim Argue's view regarding district consolidation and his argument that investment in schools should be about students and not the community. Another policy arises out of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which requires schools to test students' proficiency and report back their scores. If schools fail to make adequate yearly progress, they are subjected to harsh sanctions, such as school closure.

Keywords: rural communities; Arkansas; Senator Jim Argue; No Child Left Behind Act; NCLB

Chapter.  5355 words. 

Subjects: Education

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