Districts like these are not only places that deserve more attention because of their current status, they are also places that usually lack the infrastructure to instigate major economic turnaround in a short span of time.
If you establish strict boundaries for the South, though (so no Texas or Missouri), you’ll see that 54% of small town students living in poverty are in the South. Within the rural parts of the region, 31.8% of students qualify for Title I. (A student in a four person household qualified as Title I in 2007 if his/her household earned lower than $21,203.) Below is a table with more specific data. States are ordered according to absolute number of Title I students.
With all that in mind, enjoy your weekend!