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Madaleno proposes $5 billion for school construction from lottery revenue
Washington—June 13 , 2018
State Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to provide Marylandís largest scho ...
Burlington School Board orders superintendent to halt construction projects
Vermont—June 12 , 2018
The Burlington School Board gave Superintendent Yaw Obeng the order on Tuesday to cease any action p ...
What is at Stake?
OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IS VITAL TO THEIR FUTURE AND FUNDAMENTAL TO OUR DEMOCRACY. LIKE THE PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS WITHIN THEM, THE QUALITY OF OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS MATTERS.
Education: The learning environment impacts student achievement and teaching quality. Studies show that students learn best in an environment that is healthy, comfortable, naturally lit, clean, and in good repair. The quality and design of school facilities affect the ability of a school to retain teachers and what and how they teach. Student and staff absenteeism are lower in buildings in good condition.
Health: The school environment is not just an educational issue, but a public health concern. School buildings and their sites directly affect student and teacher health. Children are especially vulnerable to environmental hazards such as poor air quality, mold, pesticides, construction, contaminants, chemical fumes, heavy metals, asbestos, excessive noise, heat and cold.
Environment: Americas 115,000 schools, by their use of raw materials, commercial products, energy, land, and water, have considerable impact on the environmental quality of our communities. High performance school buildings save energy, reduce pollution and provide opportunities for children to learn environmental stewardship.
Community: The design, construction, maintenance, and renovation of our school buildings affect not only the individuals who study and work there, but the entire neighborhood. Schools are physically prominent, a part of local history. The local public school is often our only public commons, a building claimed by everyone, inviting opportunities for shared public use.
Public Investment: Schools represent a significant investment of hard won community resources. We cannot afford to build good-enough schools. We owe it to future generations to find and use the building technologies and design methods that will produce schools that are not just the cheapest, but the most cost effective over time. Maintenance, cleaning and repairs represent major ongoing public expenditures and need to influence design decisions.