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Two from The Daily Yonder


School Enrollments: Diverse and Rising

After years of shrinking enrollments, rural school populations are on the

rise. Minority students and English Language Learners account for a high

proportion of the increase, and many of the poorest and poorest prepared

children are entering classrooms in states with the fewest resources to teach

them. . . . In the school year 2003-2004, nearly a half of all English Language

Learners (ELL) were enrolled in rural schools.


People are Moving to Already Poor, Rural Communities

There is a growing body of evidence that rural communities are poor because

poor people are moving there.


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