Lest we forget…

…a major part of the “education nation” are the millions of rural students, many of whom live in poverty.

Center for American Progress shared this great map on its site, and reminds us that “almost 1/3 of American schools are rural and 40% of those students are living in poverty.”  While my own state (MS) is almost in a tie with Louisiana for the highest percentage of rural students in poverty in the Southeast (63.8 and 68.4 respectively), a staggering 81.3% of New Mexico’s rural students are poor.

Interactive Map: Rural Students in Poverty.

How are poor rural communities and the schools which serve them affected by the current and proposed educational reform initatives? Stay tuned.