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What Policymakers Need to Know About the Cost of Implementing Lab-Based Science Course Requirements MS Word PDF - An increasing number of states have required that some or all Carnegie units in science for high school graduation be fulfilled by lab sciences. This ECS Policy Brief examines the research that supports implementing lab science requirements for high school graduation; the number of states requiring science lab credits for high school graduation; the costs associated with fitting schools with science labs in terms of capital, equipment, operations, maintenance and other needs; and the alternatives to traditional labs and their respective benefits and disadvantages in terms of cost, space, teaching staff needs and student learning. (Mike Griffith, Education Commission of the States, June 2007)...

Condition of America's Public School Facilities: 2012-13 First Look - According to this First Look at America's public school facilities, the average age of instructional buildings is 44 years, and 53 percent of public schools need to spend money on repairs and renovations to put the school's buildings in good overall condition. (Debbie Alexander and Laurie Lewis, National Center for Education Statistics, March 2014)...

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