ERIC Number: ED426575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
The Condition of America's Schools.
Honeyman, David S.; Sayles, Karen
Several studies have documented the condition of U.S. school facilities from the early 80s to the present. This report provides an overview of these major studies, presenting data that assess school construction over the decades, the levels of deferred maintenance and proportion of local school budgets devoted to maintenance, the condition and adequacy of school facilities, and the average cost of construction and replacement costs of school buildings. Each study indicates that many school buildings are either inadequate to house current student populations, are inadequate for current modes of instruction, or require major repair or renovation. Among the other findings are that the average building was built in 1946 and that deferred maintenance on this average building approached $300,000. It also indicates that nearly 5 million children attend school in substandard buildings and that the funds available for correcting these conditions are often absorbed by non-deferrable expenses such as utility bills. (Contains 15 references). (GR)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Building Obsolescence, Construction Costs, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School District Spending
Center for the Study of Education Finance for Florida, 258 Norman Hall, P.O.Box 117079, College of Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-7069.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Coll. of Education.