Heartland Audio

Andy Smarick: School Choice for Rural Families

February 6, 2014

Millions of U.S. children live in rural areas, and many of them are poor and academically low-performing, yet education reform efforts have largely ignored them. Andy Smarick of Bellwether Education Partners joins the podcast to talk about the first report of several in a new project to discover ways to give country kids more education opportunities. We discuss cultural and financial concerns over letting kids leave traditional public schools for charters, how policymakers can encourage rural school choice, and what's next for the two-year initiative.