State of our Schools 2016

State of Our Schools provides a state and national analysis of 20 years (FY1994-2013) of maintenance and operations spending and capital construction investments. It provides a standards framework for what is needed for K-12 public school facilities in the future. This report is a joint project of the National Council on School Facilities, 21st Century School Fund, and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

Priority Actions for Adequate & Equitable U.S. PK-12 Infrastructure

There are 55 priority actions identified to address the systemic problems of delivering adequate and equitable public school facilities. These priority actions will support the essentials of a comprehensive local, state, and federal system for adequate and equitable PK–12 infrastructure. They were synthesized and selected from 200 solution ideas generated through our process and are considered to have the greatest potential for development, replication, and scaling. This report is a joint project of the Center for Cities + Schools, the National Council on School Facilities, 21st Century School Fund, and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Opportunity Zones Should Help Modernize Public School Facilities

One of the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the creation of “Opportunity Zones” (OZs). Opportunity Zones are structured to provide capital gains relief to investors who invest gains from prior investments into a Qualified Opportunity Fund, which uses the invested cash to invest in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Business. (See sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2 of the Internal Revenue Code). Read More on how opportunity zones could benefit school facilities.

Definitions of Key Facilities Data Elements (2015)

State facilities directors worked together to define key facilities data elements the purposes of classifying expenditures and preparing budgets. Standardized data definitions across districts are essential for state reporting, and standard definitions across states is essential for national analysis and report of facilities-related activities. Download

How Crumbling School Facilities Perpetuate Inequality

With Congress and the president pledging to address America’s long-term infrastructure needs, the challenges of maintaining school facilities are gaining more visibility. It is about time, too, because our public school facility infrastructure needs significant upgrading. The average public school building was built around 1968 — more than 50 years ago.

State School Enrollment Sizes by Level & Locale 2016-17

Search your state school enrollment size by school level and locale code. This data shows the average and median enrollments by primary middle, high school and other school grade levels. Data is school year 2016-17. Source is the National Center for Educational Statistics. Description of the locale code classifications and criteria. Tableau analysis by National Council on School Facilities and 21st Century School Fund.