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Rural Schools Association of New York State

"Communities Committed to Educational Excellence"

The Rural Schools Association is a statewide, member driven organization dedicated to representing the interests of small and rural school districts in New York State. Approximately 300 school districts and BOCES units are currently enrolled as members of RSA. In addition to the financial support provided by RSA members, supplemental assistance is given by New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, in the form of office facilities, utilities, clerical assistance, and the use of equipment.

In addition to our annual summer conference for rural public school leaders, RSA also provides advocacy materials and updates to members in step with state and federal policy development.

RSA also facilitates access to research, researchers, and data at Cornell University and beyond to support informed decision making and program planning.

To learn more about our work and find out how you can get involved, please visit our website at