It turns out that rural residents are more likely to homeschool their children than those living in the city — and homeschooling is growing at a faster rate in rural areas. And Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has proposed spending $300 million to break up large high schools into smaller ones consisting of no more than 400 students.

We learned this and more in the March edition of one of the Yonder’s favorite publications, Rural Policy Matters. The Rural School and Community Trust publishes the newsletter and every month they keep us up to date on school funding, school consolidation and other issues of interest to rural communities.

For example, people in Maine are working to overturn a 2007 law that mandates consolidation of small school districts. And a case that would require Idaho to alter how it funds school facilities is now before a federal district judge. All in this month’s issue.

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