Tag : School Funding

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…

A Good Source of Funds for School Renovations: QZAB

By Art Stellar, Ph.D. Many school districts have deteriorating school buildings. Most have unmet needs for major renovations and repairs. The reason these situations are left unaddressed is lack of funds. Regular operating budgets have little in preventive maintenance or repair accounts except for the gravest occurrences. Capital budgets pay…

ESSA and School Facility Conditions

by Angel Ford, Ed.D. In previous blogs, I have frequently discussed the inequities of school building conditions across America. This blog will also talk about those inequities in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Let’s start by examining what ESSA states about educational facilities. A search of the…

Financing Healthy School Environments

EPA, 2016. Numerous sources of funding are available to create and support healthy, productive school environments for students and staff. The links on this page describe how to find a variety of funding sources, including grants, tax credits, loans and others. View webpage.

Link Between School Building Conditions and the Achievement Gap

By Angel Ford School facility conditions are tied to student attitudes, behaviors, and success, therefore little argument can be raised that school facility upkeep and construction should be a consideration in educational planning and funding decisions. Students in buildings in poor condition perform lower than students in buildings in adequate…

Inequality/Inequity at the School Door

Discussion Points at Presentation at Academy for Educational Studies conference in San Antonio, TX, March 7-9, 2016 • Inequality in school facilities • Unsatisfactory school buildings affect learning • Inequality of facilities and resources contribute to the achievement gap • Equalize facilities and resources and equalize achievement Inequality Presentation Slides

Save a Penny, Lose a School: The Real Cost of Deferred Maintenance. Policy Brief Series on Rural Education.

Lawrence, B., 2003 Deferring maintenance in small rural schools creates poor conditions that can affect the health and safety of everyone who uses the facility, damage the morale of students and teachers, impair their ability to teach and learn, and threaten the facility itself. Numerous recommendations for policy changes that…

State Higher Education Facility Planning Process Is Designed Reasonably Well; Current Formulas May Inaccurately Portray Projected Needs

Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, Florida, 2006 The state’s current processes to select and fund higher education facility construction projects include multiple levels of review and ensure that institutional requests for new construction are coordinated with the state’s higher education goals, local strategic plans, and community development…

Funding School Facilities: Equal is not Equitable

By:  Dr. G. Victor Hellman, Jr. In November 2015, Berkley’s Jeffrey Vincent and Liz Jain released the study, Going it Alone: Can California’s K-12 School Districts Adequately and Equitably Fund School Facilities?  In their research they conducted an analysis of spending on K-12 public school facilities within the state of…