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ERIC Number: ED523996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 40
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Building a Sustained School Facilities Remedy: Arizona's Innovative Blueprint for Capital Funding. Education, Equity, and the Law. No. 3
Hunter, Molly A.
Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University
For over ten years, the State of Arizona has implemented an innovative statewide process for financing and building school facilities and purchasing other capital items for its schools. Spawned by an education quality lawsuit, the 1998 Students FIRST Act established the School Facilities Board, which succeeded in helping rural, suburban, and urban communities build and improve their school buildings. This was no small task because Arizona has been one of the fastest growing states in the nation during these years. In a state whose population increased from 5.1 to 6.5 million people from 2000 to 2008, the growing number of school-aged children fueled construction at the average rate of 35 new schools every year. This article briefly recounts the education quality litigation and remedy that led to a novel standards-based school facilities boon in Arizona. It documents the subsequent years of implementation, including standards setting, financing, assessment, deficiency corrections, and related initiatives. Weaknesses that have emerged in the remedy--primarily underfunding--are also summarized. Finally, this article considers the success of the Arizona education quality litigation and its remedy by applying the "successful-remedies model" postulated by Michael A. Rebell in his book, "Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts." Using this framework facilitates analysis of the Arizona experience as to the role of the courts and examination of the impact of the state's changes to facilities financing and decision making on standards, funding, accountability, public involvement, and student performance. (Contains 1 figure, 4 tables and 92 footnotes.)
Campaign for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University. Box 219, 525 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 646-745-8282; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Campaign for Educational Equity
Identifiers - Location: Arizona