Rural Educator Policy Brief: Rural Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act

  • Devon Brenner Mississippi State University
Keywords: education policy; rural education


Rural education is becoming an increasing focus of federal education legislation. The Every Student Succeeds Act explicitly addresses rural education through the REAP program, by taking steps to ensure geographic distribution in competitive grants, by requiring states to consider rural LEAs in the development of state plans, and in many other ways. The mandated report on rural education is intended to provide data about whether these provisions are sufficient for ensuring that federal policy and funding address the needs of rural schools and students and its impact remains to be seen.


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Author Biography

Devon Brenner, Mississippi State University

Devon Brenner is Professor of Teacher Education and Special Assistant to the Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Education Initiatives at Mississippi State University. She recently completed a yearlong education fellowship with the US Senate.  Her work in rural education focuses on teacher education for rural communities and rural education policy.  This is the first of an on-going series of rural education policy briefs for The Rural Educator.

How to Cite
Brenner, D. (2018). Rural Educator Policy Brief: Rural Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Rural Educator, 37(2).
Rural Education Policy Brief