This page provides links to assist in reporting on education. Please click here to access older blog items that may be of interest to those reporting on education.

Please let the Institute know about links that do not work, or about sources we should add. If a resource here helped you in covering a story, please let us know by emailing al.cross@uky.edu.

U.S. Department of Education, http://www.ed.gov/; its Center for Rural Education, created in Dec. 2005, is at www.ed.gov/nclb/freedom/local/rural/index.html.

National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov, is a treasure trove of data on schools. It also offers a tool for creating simple graphics, intended for children but useful for creating charts to illustrate stories.

Rural School and Community Trust, http://www.ruraledu.org 703-243-1487 fax 243-6035 Rachel Tompkins, senior fellow

National Rural Education Association, http://www.nrea.net

Education Week, at www.edweek.org, calls itself “American education's newspaper of record” and has a relatively large reporting staff. It is published by Editorial Projects in Education, a nonnprofit, tax-exempt organization based in the Washington, D.C., area.

EducationNews.org is largely a news aggregator. Like Education Week, it is designed for educators but can be a resource on school issues.

Education Writers' Association, http://www.ewa.org

Center on Education Policy, http://www.cep-dc.org/

National Education Association, www.nea.org/index.html, is the main teacher union.

American Federation of Teachers, www.aft.org, is smaller and more urban.

National Center for Frontier Communities, http://www.frontierus.org/index-current.htm 575-534-0101 frontierus@frontierus.org 610 North Bullard Street, SilverCity, NM 88061

Public School District Finance Peer Search http://nces.ed.gov/edfin/search/search_intro.asp

"Beyond the Board Meeting: Improving Your Education Coverage," a November 2006 workshop on covering schools in Kentucky. Click here to watch sessions.

The Education Policy Center at The University of Alabama, http://uaedpolicy.weebly.com/
The center "conducts research, engages with local communities and policy makers, and provides policy-related anlaysis in support of the educational objectives of access, equity, and academic achievement, particularly as they are realized in public schools, community and technical colleges, and four-year colleges and universities."


American Council on Education, http://www.acenet.edu//AM/Template.cfm

National Dropout Prevention Center, http://www.dropoutprevention.org

School Matters, http://www.classbrain.com/artschool/publish/index.shtml
This Stanrad & Poor's site offers an excellent database of public-education information.

Education Index, http://www.educationindex.com


MedlinePlus, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/schoolhealth.html, from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, has a page about school health issues, diseases, nutrition information, research, statistics, etc.

The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps non-metropolitan media define the public agenda in their communities, through strong reporting and commentary on local issues and on broader issues that have local impact. Its initial focus area is Central Appalachia, but as an arm of the University of Kentucky it has a statewide mission, and it has national scope. Cooperating institutions include Appalachian State University, East Tennessee State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Indiana Universiy of Pennsylvania, Marshall University, Middle Tennessee State University, Ohio University, Southeast Missouri State University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Washington and Lee University, West Virginia University and the Community Journalism Fellows program at the University of Alabama. To get notices of Rural Blog postings and other Institute news, click here.

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