Washington--American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman wrote to members of the Senate Tuesday urging them to support rural education by co-sponsoring S. 946, the Office of Rural Education Policy Act.
“Rural schools face unique challenges and are often able to provide unique benefits to their students,” Stallman told the senators. “The challenges faced by rural schools are diverse and can include small enrollments, federal and state education funding inequities, geographic isolation, challenges in recruiting and retaining effective teachers and leaders, and limited access to advanced courses.”
S. 946 establishes an office of rural education policy inside the current office of elementary and secondary education at the Department of Education. The office of rural education policy director will establish a clearinghouse for issues faced by rural schools, among other responsibilities.