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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:39 PM

Arizona's rural schools squeezed by declining enrollment

PHOENIX (AP) Schools in 10 of Arizona's 15 counties have together lost more than 10,000 students in the past decade. Meanwhile, school enrollment in the state's most populous county and home to most of metro Phoenix has risen by over 70,000.

For rural areas, declining enrollment can mean lost funding that makes it harder to recruit qualified teachers and cutbacks in student educational opportunities.

And unlike in suburban districts, rural communities can't easily offset state funding losses with local taxes.

The problems represent a cycle for rural Arizona communities, said Sean Rickert, superintendent of Pima Unified School District in the southern part of the state and a member of the Arizona Rural Schools Association.

Read more: https://tucson.com/news/state-and-regional/arizona-s-rural-schools-squeezed-by-declining-enrollment/article_8dc8e995-5634-590f-9faa-7227e583535c.html

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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:46 PM

1. Lack of Planning and

Geography has come home to roost.

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Sun Jun 16, 2019, 05:50 PM

2. Lots of areas in the country are in this boat...urban populations can readily support...

new industries, etc. with a readily available pool of labor (which is constantly growing), resources, etc. thus the cycle goes on and on, all during which rural areas keep suffering by losing population, resources, etc.

Most people like living in areas where there are things to draw upon/do, that is, the more people there are, the more services there are...

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