A new report from the Rural School Community Trust underscores the urgent need to put rural schools on a firm financial footing—the same message conveyed by NEA’s letter urging Congress to renew the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act and take additional steps to ensure long-term, reliable funding. First enacted in 2000, the law supports public education and community services in over 4,400 schools in 770 rural counties located near national forests. But funding has been inconsistent for the last three years—SRS expired at the end of 2018.
Now, rural areas across the country are facing budgetary shortfalls that could force big cuts in public education and other essential community services.
Tell your representatives it’s time to put rural schools on a firm financial footing.