A Review of the Ohio School Facility Commission's Educational Facility Design Guidelines, Policies and Procedures.

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This document reviews the Ohio School Facilities Guidelines after three years of implementation. The Commission engaged CEFPI to conduct the evaluation and answer three questions: 1) Are Ohio's School Facility Guidelines adequate? 2) Are the Guidelines being translated into quality educational facilities? 3) How do the Guidelines compare with other states? Researchers evaluated the policies and regulations found in the manual and interviewed district staff and related parties who had experience with the manual. They found that the Guidelines did meet the needs of the educational environment as currently understood, that the Guidelines were helping to produce good schools, and that the Guidelines were more comprehensive, although less flexible, than similar documents produced by other states. This disadvantage was offset by the availability of greater state funding to the districts.
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