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Making Better Decisions About Funding School Facilities MS Word - The condition of school facilities is declining nationwide. Many schools are old and in need of renovation. Student enrollment shifts, both growth and decline, have triggered a need for new school buildings and/or created a situation in which buildings are being used inefficiently. Education policies and innovations in education reform, such as class-size reduction and technology, have put added pressure on states and school districts to adapt their facilities. (Education Commission of the States, July 1998)...

Capital Financing: Department Management Improvements Could Enhance Education's Loan Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), which number around 100, undertake capital projects to provide appropriate settings for learning, but many face challenges in doing so. In 1992, Congress created the HBCU Capital Financing Program to help HBCUs fund capital projects by offering loans with interest rates near the government’s cost of borrowing. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewed the program. Also available are report highlights (United States Government Accountability Office, October 2006) ...

Building America's Schools: State Efforts to Address School Facility Needs - This issue brief examines funding mechanisms in 43 states and one territory that support K-12 school facilities and renovation. Policymakers across the nation are focusing more attention on school construction funding and modernization to meet rising school enrollment. (National Governors Association, Education Studies Division, June 2000)...

Condition of America's Public School Facilities: 1999 - Based on a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using its Fast Response Survey System, this report provides national data about the condition of school facilities and the costs to bring them into good condition; school plans for repairs, renovations and replacements; the age of public schools; and overcrowding and practices used to address overcrowding. (Laurie Lewis, Kyle Snow, Elizabeth Farris, Becky Smerdon, Stephanie Cronen, Jessica Kaplan and Bernie Greene, NCES, June 2000)...

School Facilities: Construction Expenditures Have Grown Significantly in Recent Years - The General Accounting Office (GAO) has found that local, state and federal spending for K-12 school construction increased by 39% in the 1990s to about $25 billion. Most of the increase was for the construction of buildings; spending on land and portable classrooms showed a net decline. Average annual construction expenditures per pupil ranged from $934 in Nevada to $37 in Connecticut. (U. S. General Accounting Office, March 2000)...

Making Money Matter - A comprehensive review of the theory and practice of financing public schools by federal, state and local governments in the United States, this report argues that money can and must be made to matter more than in the past if the nation is to reach its ambitious goal of improving achievement for all students. The book provides a thorough understanding of how facilities financing is an integral part of a comprehensive education financing system. (Helen F. Ladd and Janet S. Hansen, eds., National Academy Press, 1999)...

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