The report, which looks at the more than 9 million students who attended a rural school last year, found numerous states provide a disproportionately large share of funding for rural school districts.
That is roughly 1 in 5 students in the United States, more than the nation’s 85 largest school districts combined, WPR reported.
Wisconsin was among the 12 states that provided less. In Wisconsin, rural districts get less state funding per student than urban and suburban districts. It typically costs rural districts more to serve each student.
“While some rural schools thrive, others and their communities continue to face devastating obstacles in the education and well-being of children,” said Robert Mahaffey, the executive director of the Rural School and Community Trust, in a statement.
Kim Kaukl, director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, told WPR that many rural schools across the state are stuck under revenue caps and are still working to return to pre-recession funding levels in some cases. He said he isn’t surprised by the findings in the Rural School and Community Trust report and that they’ve been pushing for additional funding for years.
The report listed Wisconsin as the 44th highest-need state.
Read more about the fight for education funding in rural Wisconsin here.