New York Helping Rural Schools Via ESSA

New York Helping Rural Schools Via ESSA

October 28, 2018

Tom Dinki writes for the Olean Times Herald about the challenges facing rural schools in New York State, and how the state’s ESSA plan puts aside “$1.6 billion in federal aid to help rural districts increase teacher training and courses in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), art and music.” A New York State Education Department spokesperson told Dinki: “Above all, our ESSA plan emphasizes the importance of fostering equity in education for all of [New York’s] students. And one of the most important ways we do this [is] by incentivizing districts to provide opportunities to all high school students to engage in advanced coursework that is often unavailable in smaller, rural school districts.”