By Amanda Litvinov
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Federal lawmakers are running out of time to restore funding for the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS), which supplies critical funding for some rural counties to operate schools and other critical services.
SRS funding represents a commitment from the federal government to help support communities on or near federal lands, such as national forests, that were removed from local tax rolls.
But SRS expired over a year ago, and many rural school districts now face massive shortfalls that will erode educational opportunities for their students. The effects will be felt in pockets across the country: SRS funding supports 4,000 school districts in 41 states.
You can help NEA urge Congress to include at least two years of Secure Rural Schools funding in the final FY 17 funding package that is expected by the end of April.
Learn from educators in rural districts how waning resources have affected their schools, and what is at stake now if SRS is not renewed: