ERIC Number: ED392156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
School Facilities. States' Financial and Technical Support Varies. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.
This report examines the current role of states in supporting school-facilities improvements. Specifically, the study gathered information about state actions to provide funding, technical assistance, and compliance review to school districts. The report also looked at the degree to which states collect and maintain information on the condition of school buildings. Data were gathered from October 1994 to September 1995 through telephone interviews with state officials for all 50 states and analysis of supporting documents. Findings indicate that although the construction of school buildings has traditionally been a local responsibility, nearly all states now have some role in school-facilities construction, renovation, and major maintenance. States' involvement in facilities matters varied greatly in terms of the level of financial and technical assistance and compliance review provided. The amount and type of data collected by states also varied greatly. Overall, the data suggest that while most states provide facilities support to school districts, many states do not play a major role in addressing school-facilities issues. However, the extent of states' involvement also depends on state history and philosophy. Three figures and two tables are included. Appendices contain methodological notes, state-by-state information, GAO contacts and staff acknowledgments, and three additional tables. (LMI)
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Data Collection, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, State Action, State Aid
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-6015 (first copy free; $2 each additional copy; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Health, Education, and Human Services Div.