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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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Our Only Hope

Our Only Hope

(p.160) Chapter Eight Our Only Hope
Why Rural Schools Matter

Mara Casey Tieken

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explains the fears and costs of losing a rural institution to the state. In the cases of Delight and Earle, the state seems to be misreading these rural communities, pressuring them with accreditations, credentials, threshold scores, curricular standards, and minimum enrollments. This process ignores the value and worth the two communities find in their schools, forcing them to provide the same programs, test scores, and enrollment numbers as the larger, more urban schools. The community of Delight and Earle both express hope for the retention of their schools.

Keywords:   Delight, Earle, state, rural community, minimum enrollments, urban schools

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