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Comprehensive State Facility Programs MS Word PDF - In the 2005-06 school year $54.3 billion was spent on public school facilities in the United States and an additional $16.3 billion was spent on interest on the debt from previous school facilities projects. In most states the majority of funding for school facilities comes from the individual school districts – usually through local property tax levies. Fiscal studies have shown that funding systems that rely too greatly on local school district funding can result in a vast disparity in the quantity and quality of school facilities between high- and low-wealth school districts. This ECS StateNote examines comprehensive state facility programs, those which have increased funding levels and attempted to direct more funding toward low-income/low-property-wealth school districts. (Michael Griffith and Stephanie Fonda, Education Commission of the States, January 2007)...

National Spending on Capital Outlay MS Word - According to the Digest of Education Statistics 2002, published by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), capital outlay spending for education facilities in the United States for 1999-2000 totaled $43.4 billion and interest on school debt came to $9.1 billion. According to this same report, nationally 13.8% of all education spending during 1999-2000 was spent on these two categories. A breakdown of total education spending from 1919 to 2000 is illustrated in the table below. (Education Commission of the States, February 2004)...

State Spending on Capital Outlay/Interest MS Word - The National Center for Education Statistics' 1998-99 capital outlay and interest expenditures for all 50 states and territories, plus interest on school debt, student enrollment and per-capita spending on capital outlay and interest. (Education Commission of the States, 2004)...

Finance: School Facility Policies MS Word - Summarizes state and district policies for capital construction and debt service in 1993-94. (Education Commission of the States, September 1995)...

Digest of Education Statistics 2008 - The digest provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Data includes total state spending on education, as well as yearly education spending on capital outlay projects. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 2009)...

Digest of Education Statistics 2007 - This report provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of American education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Selected findings include: (1) enrollment, state regulations and achievement in public elementary and secondary schools; (2) federal programs; (3) outcomes of education; and (4) international comparisons. (National Center for Education Statistics, March 2008)...

Digest of Education Statistics, 2004 - The digest provides a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from pre-kindergarten through graduate school. Data includes total state spending on education, as well as yearly educational spending on capital outlay projects. (National Center for Education Statistics, October 2005)...

Arkansas Statewide Educational Facilities Assessment – 2004 - In 2002, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that public school educational facilities in the state were inadequate, unequal and in violation of the state’s constitution, and directed the governor and General Assembly to correct the defects. The Task Force to Joint Committee on Educational Facilities was created to fulfill eight mandates, which included recommending a system or method to assess, evaluate and monitor school facilities across the state, and establishing a process to conduct a review and assessment of all school facilities. This document is the final report of the Task Force and serves as a good resource for state policymakers struggling with facilities issues. (Task Force to Joint Committee on Educational Facilities, November 2004)...

The Educational Adequacy of New Jersey Public School Facilities: Results from a Survey of Principals - This study asks principals' opinions on the condition of their schools. The researchers found the greatest number of principals (40%) giving the overall condition of their school facility a “B”, although roughly one-third of respondents awarded their schools a “C” or lower. Not surprisingly, principals of buildings in low-income districts were more likely to give their school facilities a lower grade overall, as well as a lower grade for adequacy to provide specialized services such as preschool and after-school programs, and specialized instruction such as physical education, arts/music, special education and science. Principals in high-poverty schools also believed their schools were a hindrance to teacher recruitment and retention. (Mark Schneider, State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 2004)...


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