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School Modernization Woefully Needed in Urban Schools; Investment Would Create Jobs, Says Report

October 24, 2011 Comments off

School Modernization Woefully Needed in Urban Schools; Investment Would Create Jobs, Says Report (PDF)
Source: Council of the Great City Schools

Most of the nation’s big-city school buildings are more than 60 years old and overcrowded, with urban school systems needing substantial construction, renovation and deferred maintenance to meet the classroom needs of today, says a new city-by-city report released by the Council of the Great City Schools.

In a survey of America’ s 65 largest urban school districts, the Council found with 50 districts responding that they have approximately $15.3 billion in new construction needs, $46.7 billion in repair, renovation and modernization needs, and $14.4 billion in deferred maintenance needs for a total of about $76.5 billion.

Facilities needs range from replacing and modernizing old, out-dated facilities, updating science and computer laboratories to renovating and upgrading roofing, plumbing and heating systems, especially to meet fire and other safety codes.

With all the facilities work needed in the urban school systems, it would provide more than 165,000 construction jobs in a variety of occupations in the first year of a funding investment, the report, Facility Needs and Costs in America’s Great City Schools, points out.

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