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Renee Carr

Too Small to Fail

Too Small to Fail

Long bus rides, boarded-up schools and withering small towns: This is the legacy of school consolidation in Arkansas, rural residents say. More than half a century after the Supreme Court ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional in Brown v. Board of Education, virtually every state in the nation continues to struggle with how to fund […]

Grandon and Carr: Rural Community Alliance Thwarts Sneak Attack on Funding for Isolated Schools

Grandon and Carr: Rural Community Alliance Thwarts Sneak Attack on Funding for Isolated Schools

Arkansas’ Rural Community Alliance has a rich history of steadfastly supporting the state’s smallest and poorest rural communities ‒ from the predominantly white hill country in the Ozarks to the African-American communities in the Delta.  Whether fighting former Governor Mike Huckabee’s unfortunate school consolidation effort or advocating for sensible community development strategies, RCA is there […]

Rural Residents Fight Back to Save Local Post Offices

Rural Residents Fight Back to Save Local Post Offices

FOX, Ark. – If the U.S. Postal Service ever thought it could simply slip into hundreds of rural communities across the country and quietly close their post offices without a fight, it now knows differently. In any town, having almost 200 people show up for a community meeting would be impressive. On Nov. 28, a […]

Return to Sender

Return to Sender

ARKANSAS – On a recent morning, a small crowd gathered in the freshly swept parking lot of the Lambrook, Ark., post office, a simple brick building with white trim. Word had spread quickly through the rural community of fewer than 100 residents that a meeting was being called that evening to talk about the U.S. […]