It doesn't help the rural cause any that the two main advocates of changing the law, Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), didn't earn many Democratic friends when they voted against the recent measure to expand gun-sale background checks.
Rural advocates argue that Title I funds — a pool of money created in 1965 to help low-income students — flows disproportionately to urban and affluent suburban areas, reports Bolton, quoting Begich: “We want to make sure we don’t miss the unique challenges that rural America has: Getting qualified teachers, getting living space for them and getting them classroom capacity.”
Robert Mahaffey, communications director at the Rural School and Community Trust, told Bolton, “If you come from a high-poverty, low-population place, the per-pupil spending is less." (Read more)