School Facilities. States' Financial and Technical Support Varies

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This report examines the role of states in supporting school-facilities improvements. Specifically, the study gathered information about state actions to provide funding, technical assistance, and compliance review to school districts. The report also looked at the degree to which states collect and maintain information on the condition of school buildings. Findings indicate that although the construction of school buildings has traditionally been a local responsibility, nearly all states now have some role in school-facilities construction, renovation, and major maintenance. States' involvement in facilities matters varied greatly in terms of the level of financial and technical assistance and compliance review provided. The amount and type of data collected by states also varied greatly. Overall, the data suggest that while most states provide facilities support to school districts, many states do not play a major role in addressing school-facilities issues. However, the extent of states' involvement also depends on state history and philosophy.
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