Last year’s earthshaking election brought new attention to rural America. This attention is overdue — rural America has long been largely ignored by reporters, researchers and policymakers — and much of it is useful, as this increasingly urban-centric country tries to understand and reconnect with those living far from cities.

Hazen Board Member, Mara Casey Tieken is an assistant professor of education at Bates College and author of “Why Rural Schools Matter.”

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