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Empty Chairs And Empty Rooms Will Not Define Us!

Rural America

November 29, 2016

Public education in rural America is facing unprecedented threats. Talk of charter schools and vouchers dominate the national conversation--both of which serve only to divert much needed tax dollars away from existing schools. Accountability systems are designed for urban settings and are often wholly inappropriate for rural or small schools. The questionable belief that rural school closures saves taxpayers money continues to drive efforts to enforce consolidation in many states.

We believe that healthy rural communities depend on dynamic public schools. We refuse to let rural public education be defined by empty rooms and empty chairs.

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We are proud of our accomplishments during the first two years of existence, but there is so much more to do. Our "platform" is quite simple:We believe a sustainable American future depends on a thriving rural landscape.

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