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ERIC Number: ED498100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Growth and Disparity: A Decade of U.S. Public School Construction
Filardo, Mary W.; Vincent, Jeffrey M.; Sung, Ping; Stein, Travis
21st Century School Fund
In 1995, a federal report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) estimated that $112 billion was needed to bring the nation's school facilities into good repair. Subsequent studies estimated it would take more than $320 billion to build new schools to handle swelling enrollments, renovate aging buildings, and equip all buildings with the technologies needed to prepare students for success in the 21st century. By far, though, the most troubling findings were that the academically neediest students--minorities and impoverished students--were most likely to attend the most decrepit facilities. Now, for the first time ever, this report provides a comprehensive analysis of who has benefited from school construction spending across the nation. In this report, the Building Educational Success Together (BEST) research team looks at how much was spent, what was accomplished, and which students and communities saw benefits. The analysis looks at the decade from 1995, when the GAO report was first released, to 2004, the most current information available. The authors found unprecedented spending and growth in school facility construction across the country, but this report confirms what many educators and communities have suspected for years: these billions of dollars spent on facilities have not been equally available to affluent and low-income communities and for minority and white students. Overall, the schools in poor condition 10 years ago received the least investment in their facilities, even as the nation's schools have seen record spending in school facilities. This report is a step in recognizing the tremendous opportunity and challenge of providing the highest quality education and the highest quality school buildings to all our children. Includes Appendix: Methodology. (Contains 2 tables and 14 figures.) ["Growth and Disparity: A Decade of U.S. Public School Construction" was produced by Building Educational Success Together (BEST), a partnership of the following organizations: (1) 21st Century School Fund, Washington, DC; (2) Center for Cities and Schools, University of California, Berkeley; (3) Education Law Center, Newark, New Jersey; (4) KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio; (5) National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Washington, DC; (6) National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC; (7) Neighborhood Capital Budget Group, Chicago, Illinois; and (8) New Visions for Public Schools, New York, New York.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; District of Columbia; Illinois; Jersey; New Jersey; New York; Ohio; Washington
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