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Large, low-performing, urban school districts make national headlines with their struggles and successes. But rural school districts, less frequently noticed or mentioned, also face significant challenges in helping students access resources that can give them tremendous opportunities.

As a still-shaky economy continues to worry education stakeholders, many districts are cutting costs to compensate for revenue loss and are ramping up efforts to secure education grants from companies, foundations, and the government—creating more competition for...

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