Chronic Underfunding is Leading Rural Schools to Desperate Measures

City Pages (Twin Cities) | July 2, 2008
Most rural districts are graduating more students than they are enrolling because of the declining and aging population in outstate areas. Because Minnesota funds schools on a per-pupil basis, declining enrollments can affect small schools disproportionately. But schools still have to heat the buildings; they still have to staff the school. And rural schools often have higher transportation costs.

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