News on US Rural Schools:
Very useful organization and website: The Rural School and Community Trust.
Another useful Blog to follow rural school issues across the country.
Rural School News: Economic crisis threatens small, rural schools
Federal Definition of Rural School District
The Federal Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau categorize all U.S. school districts into one of four groups: Cities, Suburbs, Towns, and Rural. Each group is then further subdivided into three additional categories (See full NCES description). Rural schools are broken into these three categories:
Map of the United States’ School Districts by the Federal NCES Locale Codes