Category : News

Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

From NPR Let’s begin with a choice. Say there’s a check in the mail. It’s meant to help you run your household. You can use it to keep the lights on, the water running and food on the table. Would you rather that check be for $9,794 or $28,639? It’s…

What if every kid got to go to summer camp … during the school year?

Mongeau, L., 2016 SCHUTES NATIONAL FOREST, Ore. — It was early evening in late May. Dinner was done and caper crews of students — “caper” is camp-speak for “chore” — had stacked the firewood into wheelbarrows, swept the dining hall floor, and (eew!) cleaned the bathrooms. The fading spring light…

Schools build for the future

Bendici, R. Historic schools in Boston, built before World War II, are finally receiving a facelift. On the other side of the country, Carmel USD in California found that controlling and maintaining lighting in nine sites spread over 600 square miles can save energy and maintenance hours.And a 10-year deferred…

Strengthening the shell of your school

Williams, L. (2014) Administrators budgeting for construction have the tools and access to ensure their buildings’ shells—the roofs, windows and insulation—are energy-efficient and easy to maintain. “School administrators have gone from not really thinking much about roofs and other exteriors to thinking how they can maximize the performance of buildings and…

University of Rochester plans residence hall for first-year students

American School and University, 2016 The University of Rochester will begin construction this summer on a 72,000-square-foot residence hall. The building, scheduled to open on the Rochester, N.Y., campus in 2017, has been designed to accommodate 151 first-year students and will integrate academics, athletics, and student life into the residential…

Colorado districts look to spend millions upgrading classroom locks

American School and University, 2016 Colorado school districts looking to bolster security are planning to spend millions of dollars upgrading locks on classroom doors. The Denver Post says the districts need the equipment retrofits to comply with an updated Colorado Division of Fire and Prevention Control code requirement that that…

Is There Lead in Your Kid’s School Water? NBC Surveys 20 Big Cities

NBC News, 2016 The expert who blew the whistle on the Flint water crisis says the only way to protect the nation’s school children against lead in drinking water is regular testing of virtually every fountain or sink they might use during the day. But an NBC News survey of…

Full Steam Ahead

America School & University, 2013 Successful STEAM school designs support and enhance hands-on, real-world experiences that intensify math, science, the arts, and other content areas. View Article

Air Pollution Near Kids’ Homes Linked to Lower Grades at School

Fichman, 2015 More than 760,000 trucks pass through El Paso’s two entry points from Mexico each year; it is the highest-ranked city for carbon monoxide levels in Texas and rates eighth in the nation for particulate pollution. Traces of air pollution can be found in the school classroom, affecting minority…

Radon and Schools: A Study in Denial

Building Green, 2013 As awareness about air quality in schools has reached unprecedented levels in the U.S., one major indoor pollutant remains widely unaddressed: radon. It might not be the most trendy topic for building interiors, but soil chemistry hasn’t changed since scientists first discovered high radon concentrations in buildings…