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Rural Education: Legislative Initiatives

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The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110) authorizes the Rural Education Achievement program, providing small, rural school districts with increased flexibility in the use of funds under several federal education programs. This program also authorizes funding for these districts and for another group of poor, rural school districts. This new authority includes a revised version of the Rural Education Achievement program enacted in the 106th Congress by the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2001. The FY2002 appropriations legislation for the U.S. Department of Education includes $162.5 million for rural education. This report describes the new authority. It will be updated if major action occurs.


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