ERIC Number: ED419372
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
California's School Facilities Predicament.
EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
This report provides an overview of the difficulties that California faces in determining how much money to invest in school facilities. The text describes the dimensions of the school facility crisis as a whole and looks at the ways in which facilities can affect the quality of education and student performance. It also explores the various options open to both the state and local school districts as they address this challenge. It argues that making a realistic projection about the need is a first step toward a solution. After that, school officials, policymakers, and the public must agree on the minimum quality that they believe is acceptable for school buildings and the optimum quality needed for educational improvements. Decision makers are reminded that schools must meet federal mandates for safety and accessibility. Subsequently, some standards for school facilities are presented. Stakeholders also need to determine the appropriate mix of state and local funding, and one suggestion recommends that the state commit more funds to help schools with maintenance costs. Other possible strategies such as state bonds, local taxes, and developer fees are discussed. (RJM)
Descriptors: Educational Demand, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Facility Improvement, Financial Needs, Financial Policy, Needs Assessment, School Expansion
EdSource, 4151 Middlefield Rd., Suite 100, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4743; phone: 650-857-9604.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: S. H. Cowell Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: EdSource, Inc., Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California