Education is the first topic in the series of conversations, as rural schools face many unique challenges including declining enrollment, growing poverty, staff shortages, insufficient broadband service, higher transportation costs and an increased number of English Language Learners.¹


  • While 77% of Wisconsin’s school districts are rural, only 42% of Wisconsin’s students reside in rural districts.¹
  • There are 137 school districts eligible for school sparsity aid in Wisconsin, since they have fewer than 10 students per square mile.¹
  • On a national level, fewer rural young people enroll in colleges and university than do their urban counterparts, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.²

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Tuesday, May 30 at 1:30 pm
University of Wisconsin-Barron County
1800 College Drive, Rice Lake, WI 54868

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