Nationally, school facilities are short-changed
$38 billion every year

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Source: Explore the State Profiles from the State of Our Schools

Public school facilities are essential

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Source: State of Our Schools 2016

Public school facilities are crumbling

The average public school is nearly 50 years old. Too many of these buildings are falling apart. Leaky roofs, broken windows, busted boilers—the basics. The problems are especially severe in rural communities and major cities.

 

Public school facilities are inequitably funded

Public school districts rely heavily on local taxes to fund their buildings. On average, states fund only 18% of the cost of school construction and modernization. 12 states pay nothing. Worse, the federal government pays for less than 1%, all through FEMA.

All that translates into an annual gap of $38 billion between what communities should be spending to modernize their schools — and what they can afford.

Funding for Capital Construction

 Funding for Capital Construction

Source: State of Our Schools 2016

Heavy reliance on local funding means wealthy communities tend to have good school buildings, while many poor communities do not. For example, despite the enormous progress in expanding technology to America's schools, many rural schools currently lack high-speed broadband that meets national standards.

It's no wonder the American Society of Civil Engineers graded America's School Infrastructure a D+.

WE CAN DO BETTER

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