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Few teachers, little money, low test scores: rural schools in the south

Rural schools in the United States face an abundance of problems: budget cuts, shrinking enrollments, teacher shortages, poor internet.

Nowhere is that more true than in the South. In states like Alabama and Mississippi, around half of all public schools are located in rural areas.

Jackie Mader is the Mississippi bureau chief at The Hechinger Report, a non-profit news organization that covers eduction. She also blogs for EdWeek about rural schools.

Mader joins host Stephen Smith to talk about how rural schools in the South are dealing with these issues.


New podcast name!

Hey! Stephen Smith here. I want to let you know about some changes. American RadioWorks is joining a new long-form investigative and documentaries group called APM Reports.

APM Reports recently launched with an investigation that uncovered how government dysfunction allowed a Minnesota juvenile corrections facility to hide allegations of poor treatment.

We’re very excited to be part of APM Reports.

It also means we have a new name for our podcast. We’ll continue to go in depth on new ideas and research on how we learn and how we teach … but with a new name … “Educate, a podcast from APM Reports.”

Same quality reporting, new name. Right now, we’re in the middle of a series on rural schools.

If you’ve subscribed to the podcast, nothing will change. Tweet us @educatepodcast. And please leave us a review on iTunes.

Thanks for listening.