NCSF Calls for Rebuilding America's School Infrastructure
The Council joined the leadership team of a non-partisan coalition advocating for a federal investment in America's public K-12 school facilities, the Re[Build] America’s School Infrastructure Coalition (BASIC). At the 2016 NCSF annual meeting, state school-facilities leaders from 25 states passed a resolution calling for “PK-12 public school buildings and grounds [to] be included in federal programs to address infrastructure needs."
Educating our Public Officials
Since 2016, following the Annual Meeting, many of our school facilities state officials have visited Congressional offices to educate representatives about the conditions of our public school facilities. They shared with them state level data on school facility spending and investments, and the needs for additional funding to address the inequitable conditions in our nation’s public school facility infrastructure. The National Council on School Facilities partners with Van Heuvelen Strategies which guided state officials in over 100 meetings with their representatives on Capitol Hill.
Federal School construction and renovation programs
A 2015 Congressional Research Service report describes federal allowances and programs that provide support for the construction or renovation of educational facilities. These federal allowances and programs are scattered among twelve federal agencies, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the largest school construction funder of all the agencies. A number of these allowances and programs permit use for school facilities, but are not primarily dedicated to this use. One key example is the Impact Aid program, which provides payments to school districts that lose revenue due to federal activities—Impact Aid can be used for construction, but is nearly always used for operations.