How schools are forced to close as rural populations dwindle

December 3, 2018

Across the country, rural schools are being forced to shut down as more families move to urban areas and funding sources dry up. The closures can cause logistical challenges, emotional fallout and community divisions.

Across the country, rural schools are being forced to shut down as more families move to urban areas and funding sources dry up. In Arena, Wisconsin, six-year-old Brady Schlamp must now travel 10 miles to school. His former school, right around the corner, was shuttered. As Jeffrey Brown reports, the closures can cause logistical challenges, emotional fallout and community divisions.

Judy Woodruff:

We have tried to show lately a number of efforts aimed at reviving small towns and rural areas around the country.

Tonight, we focus on a problem that’s tied to towns and small cities losing too many residents. Some rural schools are being forced to shut down or consolidate as people move away.