This article focuses on how the struggle for educational quality and equality in rural public education is faring today and the degree to which the new federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act, promises a better future for rural schools. Part II provides a composite portrait of the lives of rural students and the communities in which they live. Part III establishes a legal context and brief history of the as yet elusive quest for equality in these communities. Part IV outlines the components of the federal effort to reform education nationally and addresses whether the reform effort is congruent with the realities of rural education and the lives of children, families, and communities in rural America. Part IV concludes with a mildly optimistic, though perhaps not overly realistic, assessment of the federal education reform effort over the long-term if the reform is supported properly with financial and human resources.
Judith A. Winston,
Rural Schools in America: Will No Child Be Left Behind? The Elusive Quest for Equal Educational Opportunities,
82 Neb. L. Rev.
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