Report on State of Rural Schools Released

The bi-partisan Rural Schools Task Force is issuing a list of recommendations for how to improve education in the state's more than 200 rural school districts.

The task force is made up of State Assembly members, including Rep. Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander.

The group is recommending increased funding for rural school transportation and also initiatives to attract teachers to want to teach in the districts.

This includes a proposal to offer student-loan debt forgiveness to teachers who accept jobs in these districts.
Representative Swearingen says the recommendations come from talking directly to school staff.

"The report that was released earlier this week is a compilation of all the testimony we received from superintendents, from teachers, from librarians, and from parents." Swearingen says.

The recommendations cannot go into effect unless they pass in the next legislative session.

Many Democrats have expressed concern that the recommendations do not address how to deal with declining enrollments in rural schools.

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