In an effort to accurately identify the challenges and needs of New York State’s rural schools and the communities that support them, the Rural Schools Association of New York State hosted a series of 8 public forums across the state. Additionally, a national forum of rural school leaders was conducted in Philadelphia in conjunction with the National School Boards Association.
The meetings gathered not only school officials but community leaders, business members, state and federal legislative representatives, higher learning instructors and administrators, parents of students, taxpayers and local and regional service providers. It was intended to be as far reaching an assessment of rural issues as possible. The forums were widely covered by both regional and statewide media.
IDENTIFYING CHALLENGES, FINDING SOLUTIONS
Within our “Forgotten Family Member” printable, you’ll find a list of the top ten challenges facing rural New York, as described by participants at the statewide rural issues forums, as well as suggested ways to help.