The Olean Times Herald spent the last year focusing on one question: What is the state of rural schools in New York's Cattaraugus and Allegany counties?

The answer comes in a three-part series examining the issues facing local schools, how families are responding to them and what officials are — or aren’t — doing to resolve them.

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In Part II, we examine a silent referendum on school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Parents are electing to send their children to public schools outside of their home districts at some of the highest rates in New York. In a climate where rural school districts often struggle to provide advanced coursework, they’re looking for the districts that can give their children an edge.

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