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POLICY (Public and Private Partnerships )

The State should develop legislation and/or policies to encourage partnerships that implement public-private, intergovernmental and/or interagency use of school facilities and grounds.

Many states and localities lack a culture of communication and/or cooperation. In some cases, the existing policies often discourage governments or agencies from working together. In addition, local decisions about the use of school facilities can create obstacles to fulfilling community wishes to co-locate and enhance services at school facilities. State legislation can provide the vehicle and support for communities to pursue cooperative uses or co-location of services. Several states have begun to recognize the importance of schools that serve as centers of community and have enacted legislation to support these schools by removing barriers from building and maintaining such facilities.

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