Rural Districts Face Challenges And Opportunities With Technology Access
More than half of school districts and about one-third of public schools in the United States are in rural areas. Rural districts have unique challenges, ranging from poverty (23.5 percent of children in rural areas were poor in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture) and vast distances (many rural children ride the school bus for long periods each day) to a lack of affordable internet access. The Consortium for School Networking convened two focus groups of rural school district CTOs and superintendents to ask them what their challenges and opportunities were. Each group consisted of 10 to 15 leaders and met via conference call. Here are their insights.