This report presents articles that explore the changing role of the states in addressing the nation's need to build and modernize its public schools. The article, Doling Out Facilities Aid Proves Tricky, explains how some states have learned that securing funds is only one part of helping districts pay for construction. Some States Help Charter Schools Put a Roof Overhead discusses charter school facility funding. Town and Country explores why urban and rural communities are going to court in search of more help from their states in constructing and upgrading schools. Out in the Cold discusses how Alaskan state leaders have been court ordered to improve the condition of schools in the state's far-flung rural villages. Urban Renewal examines how, after a lengthy court battle, New Jersey's cities are on the brink of receiving a multibillion-dollar infusion of state aid to improve their school buildings. Capitol Expenditures shows how more states are abandoning their traditionally hands-off approach to helping districts build and upgrade schools because of litigation over inequities, increasing enrollments, and evolving educational demands. Finally, Side-by-Side States are Far Apart in Funding for Facilities discusses Washington state's leading role in helping fund school construction and renovation while Idaho leaves these issues for the school districts to handle.
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