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Why Rural Schools Matter$
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Mara Casey Tieken

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469618487

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618487.001.0001

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The Meaning of a School

The Meaning of a School

(p.1) Chapter One The Meaning of a School
Why Rural Schools Matter

Mara Casey Tieken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter reviews rural education literature and traces the rural community–school relationship in the United States. It focuses on two rural communities in Arkansas, Delight and Earle. It describes the complicated and meaningful relationships the two communities share with their rural schools, as well as their racialized histories and school-reform politics. The analysis of Delight and Earle emphasizes the importance and potential of rural schools in a community, a reminder that educational equity should not be restricted by a city's limits.

Keywords:   rural education, racialized histories, United States, Arkansas, Delight, Earle

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