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Burden of COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health and Related Behavioral Stressors of Students in Pennsylvania Schools

October 20, 2023  | Education

The study investigated the stress effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students’ mental health. This research collected primary and secondary data to compute a mental health stress index of youth mental stress levels and to examine the im­pact of the pandemic on youth behaviors.

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Tags:  #education , mental health , covid-19 , students , behavioral stressors , pays data , mental health index

Pandemic-Associated Cyber Charter Enrollments and the Impacts on Rural School Districts in Pennsylvania

September 01, 2023  | Education

This study investigated the financial impact of cyber charters in Pennsylvania, parents’ decision-making about cyber enrollment, and traditional rural school district and cyber leader responses to changing cyber enrollments to inform Commonwealth cyber charter policy. The data suggest that cyber enrollments and costs to rural districts have dramatically increased over time and cyber charter achievement data lag behind both brick-and-mortar charters and traditional public schools.

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Tags:  #education , rural school districts , charter schools , covid-19 , cyber charters , school enrollment , remote learning , cyber charter funding , cyber charter policy


Analyzing the Effects of COVID-19 on Educational Equity in Rural Pennsylvania School Districts

August 25, 2022  | Education

Using a mixed methods approach that combined state-level institutional data, local interviews with school administrators, and school district data, this research examined how COVID-19 has (re)shaped rural school districts’ ongoing efforts to identify and address equity concerns along geographic, fiscal, instructional, and racial/ethnic lines across Pennsylvania.

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Tags:  education , education equity , rural education , covid-19

Coroner/Medical Examiner Services in Pennsylvania

August 02, 2022  | Health Care and Human Services

This research provides information about Pennsylvania coroner/medical examiners (C/MEs) and their offices. It examined office caseloads, funding, facilities, forensic capacity, vehicles and equipment, and staffing and training resources. It also assessed how the opioid epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic affected county C/ME offices.

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Tags:  coroner , medical examiner , opiods , covid-19


Welcome to Rural Pennsylvania: COVID-19 and Residential Property Sales

October 31, 2021  | Community and Economic Development

The COVID-19 pandemic and extended period of business closures made many Americans re-examine their living and working conditions. Such re-examinations may affect housing markets in Pennsylvania, which have seen an increase in rural home purchases and a decrease in urban home purchases in 2020.


Tags:  real estate , home buyers , housing markets , covid-19

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.