School in Smalltown, USA is changing. Over the past several decades, rural schools have suffered as enrollment has dropped and districts have merged.
Yet some estimate more than twenty percent of all public school students in the country go to school in rural districts.
We begin our series on rural schools by looking at Vermont, a state in the middle of a big fight over the role of its schools.
Over half of all students in Vermont go to rural schools.
Last year, the Vermont legislature passed law Act 46. It aims to provide better quality education for students through greater efficiency.
But not everyone agrees it will do that.
Erica Heilman produced this episode for her excellent podcast, Rumble Strip Vermont.