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Document Number: 5462

Additional Assistance and Research on Effective Strategies Would Help Small Rural Districts - Smaller districts are having a hard time attracting highly qualified teachers, according to this study on implementing the No Child Left Behind Act. Teachers often must teach multiple grades or subjects and feel isolated from big libraries, professional development and programs for special-needs students, the report said. Declining enrollments mean less state aid but higher standards require more resources. Also, special-needs and disadvantaged students make up a bigger percentage of the students in smaller districts. (U.S. Government Accountability Office, September 2004)...

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