June 29th , 2018   Volume: 11  Number:   26

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For most rural school districts in this country, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues.

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association (NREA), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education, will host the 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium on October 11–13 in Denver, Colorado.

This annual event is designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community-national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders-to learn and share ideas around the topics at the forefront of rural education and to ensure 21st century learning is a reality for all rural students. Register Here: https://events.doubledutch.me/Events/36716/2018-national-forum-to-advance-rural-education


20 Ways to be Future Driven in your Classroom.



By Jacob Stump June 27, 2018


Rural high school students are skipping college. Should we be worried?

Vanessa Miller The Gazette




Twenty Teaching Scholarships to Pay for School

The truth is there are literally thousands of scholarships provided by universities, government programs such as the FAFSA, associations, nonprofits, and corporations. Teaching scholarships are available both regionally and nationwide, and many were created especially for students with specific career goals, cultural identities, histories of military service, and other personal attributes including single parents and adult learners. The secret to securing education scholarships is to locate the ones you qualify for and apply to as many as possible. Read on to learn about 20 exceptional teaching scholarships—you might just find a few options that are an ideal fit for you.


NREAC/AASA: Leslie Finnan

Senate Committee Passes Perkins Reauthorization

This week, the Senate HELP Committee passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act. The House has previously passed a bill through the full House. While the Senate bill is superior to current law, it is more prescriptive than the House bill. We will work with the Senate to improve its bill before it is voted on by the full Senate or through the conference committee. Find our letter on the bill here.

Senate Passes Farm Bill

This week, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass their bill to reauthorize the Farm Bill. While the House made sweeping changes to SNAP eligibility and categorical eligibility (which enrolls students in free school lunches), the Senate makes no such changes. The next step will be a conference, where there will be a showdown over SNAP changes.

FY 19 Funding Update

As it stands, both the House and Senate Labor Health Human Services Education & Other (LHHS) appropriations subcommittees have passed their FY19 funding proposals. LHHS is the appropriations bill that funds the US Education Department. Neither chamber has yet to schedule time for the LHHS bill before the full appropriations committee. Both chambers not only rejected the Trump administration's privatization agenda, but ALSO its proposed consolidation of USED and the Department of Labor.

•        House LHHS: Provides a very nominal increase to USED. Level funds ESSA Title II. Small increase ($50 m) to IDEA; $100 m increase for Title IV. $115 m increase for Perkins, $52 m increase for Impact Aid. Level funds Title I. 

•        Senate LHHS: Provides USED with a $540 m increase. Quick highlights: Title I, Title IV and IDEA all receive a $125 million increase. Charters receive a $45 m increase and Impact Aid receives a $25 m increase. Title II and Perkins are level funded.

•        Moving forward: the overall allocations to LHHS differ by $2 billion between the House and Senate. They will need to reconcile these differences in any final funding bill. AASA urges the committees to ensure that the final mark is closer to the proportional increase LHHS should receive given the overall increase to non-defense discretionary funding in FY19. The $18.8 b increase would translate to a $5.5  billion increase for LHHS, higher than even the Senate bill, which provides $2 b increase to LHHS.