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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2010
Stimulus funds unquestionably have helped many schools keep going through tough times, but for many institutions, the tough times aren't going away anytime soon. That is why, a little more than a year after Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and began allocating billions of dollars in aid across the nation, the so-called…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Federal Legislation, Federal Aid, Federal Government
American School & University, 2010
Big isn't as big as it used to be for many of the largest school districts. The most recent enrollment numbers for the nation's biggest school districts seem to reflect the country's ailing economy. Forty-eight of the 100 largest public school systems in the United States in 2008-09 reported enrollment declines compared with the previous year's…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Online Courses, School Districts, Enrollment
Hamann, Ann – American School & University, 2008
In today's classrooms, the three R's might refer to reduce, reuse and recycle. Schools are major consumers and producers of waste, and many are assuming responsibility for instilling environmental values and practices in their students--the next generation of leaders--and serving as role models for their communities. At universities and K-12…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Conservation (Environment), School Districts, Elementary Secondary Education
Jansik, Dave – American School & University, 2008
Benchmarks for cleanliness can be subjective. Now that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards are gaining a foothold among facilities management and building professionals, there is a benchmark to strive for and a high-quality vacuum is a key part of the equation. LEED is a nationally accepted benchmark and blueprint for…
Descriptors: Building Design, Sanitation, Maintenance, Energy Conservation
Blankenbaker, Lauren – American School & University, 2007
In this article, the author explores and weighs all the options in choosing furniture for student housing. The first step in acquiring or upgrading residence hall furniture is to research. The Internet and colleagues on campus or at other institutions are options for gathering information. After researching product choices, administrators need to…
Descriptors: Dormitories, College Housing, College Students, Furniture
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
New facilities at schools and universities are being designed that embrace the latest learning techniques and philosophies. The article describes two facilities that exemplify this trend: Thomas Jefferson Hall at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Cass Technical High School library in Detroit, Michigan. Libraries, once thought…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Needs, School Libraries, Attendance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
This article presents "American School & University's" 100 largest school districts in the U.S. The top 100 public school districts in the U.S. represent less than 1% of the more than 14,000 school districts, but in 2004-2005, they accounted for more than 20% of the nation's public school enrollment--10,795,068 students. The money…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Educational Finance, Enrollment