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Mathis (2003) states that the problems facing rural districts are numerous. The existing funding mechanisms are inept when it comes to addressing the needs.

  • Eighty percent of the nation's landmass is rural, yet the majority of the well-paying jobs are in the larger metropolitan areas; as a result, our talented youth migrate to those areas. Rural areas can suffer from brain drain.
  • Many rural families and communities lack the opportunities to take advantage of social programs because of geography and transportation.
  • There is an over-reliance on the declining property tax base. This lack of tax revenue makes it extremely difficult to fund necessary programs such as special education services.
  • Because of declining tax dollars, it makes it hard for rural schools to attract and retain highly-qualified teachers.
  • Schools serve as a hub for most community events. In many communities, losing a school means losing its community.

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