SCHOOL FACILITIES FUNDING - FEDERAL
Information on the federal government's role in funding school and university facilities repair, construction, and modernization, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Includes resources on schools managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Defense.
References to Books and Other Media
Education and the American Jobs Act: Creating Jobs through Investments in Our Nation’s Schools
(Domestic Policy Council, the National Economic Council, the President's Council of Economic Advisors, and the U.S. Department of Education, Dec 2011)
Provides analysis of condition of America’s schools, which have fallen into disrepair, and proposes $25 billion to renovate and modernize more than 35,000 public schools, and $5 billion to update infrastructure at community colleges. Chapters include: school modernization, a national imperative; building the future in our schools; keeping America's educators in the classroom; American Jobs Act education investments, by State. 68p
Fact Sheet: New Nationwide Independent Poll Reveals Majority of Americans Support Federal Investment in Green Schools
(U.S. Green Building Council; United Technologies, Oct 2011)
Results from a nationwide survey exploring Americans' attitudes toward public school buildings and investments to modernize America's school infrastructure. 2p
Qualified School Construction Bonds Issuance 2009, 2010, and 2011.
(Thomson Reuters, The Bond Buyer, Sep 2011)
Lists date, issuer, and amount of qualified school construction bonds issued from 2009 through the present. The list is continuously updated.
Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Indirect Cost Guidance.
(United States Department of Agriculture, Jul 07, 2011)
The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance describing the Federal requirements State agencies and school food authorities must comply with in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program with respect to indirect costs. Includes rules for how districts bill school food programs for utilities, trash collection, and janitors, among other services, that are intended to eliminate variation from one district to the next and keep costs in check. The new guidelines provide examples of how charges could be calculated, what the difference is between indirect and direct costs, and what might be considered egregious charges. Page 21 of the document describes regulations about building a small kitchen; and page 92 details "Idle facilities and idle capacity" and page 98 discusses rental costs of buildings and equipment.
Stimulus Funding and Tax Credit Bonds for School Construction.
(National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities., May 2011)
Summary chart of continuously updated information on sources of Recovery Act funding for school, college, and university facilities from the U. S. Departments of Education, Treasury, Energy, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and more. Includes links to guidance documents and application forms, as well as announcements of winning projects. 1p.
Build America Bonds Issues
(Thomson Reuters, The Bond Buyer, Apr 2011)
Includes sale date, issue, amount, ratings, and call provision of Build America Bonds issued in 2010. School districts, colleges, univerities, and community colleges are identified. The list is continuously updated.
PK-12 Public School Facility Infrastructure Fact Sheet.
(21st Century School Fund, Washington, DC , Feb 2011)
Answers basic school facilities questions such as 1) How much PK-12 infrastructure is there? 2)What condition are our public schools in? 3)What difference does facility condition make? 4)How much does our PK-12 infrastructure cost? 5)Where does funding for PK-12 infrastructure come from? 15 references supporting the information are provided. 2p.
Replacement and Repair of Indian Schools.
(Department of Health and Human Services, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Item 15.062, Washington, DC, 2011)
The objective of this program is to provide safe, functional, code-compliant, economical, and energy-efficient education facilities for American Indian students attending Bureau of Indian Affairs owned or funded primary and secondary schools and/or residing in Bureau owned or funded dormitories. This document includes elegibility requirements, financial and administrative information, contacts, assistance considerations, and post assistance requirements. 5p
Federal Spending on PK-12 School Facilities.
Filardo, Mary; O'Donnell, Sean
(National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities, Washington, DC , Nov 2010)
Describes federal grant, tax, and finance programs dedicated to school construction, as well as grant, tax, and finance programs whose funds may be used for school construction. Each program is described in text, accompanied by charts that illustrate amounts allocated to and distributed from those programs in fiscal year 2009, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the federal agencies managing the funds along with how much each agency was allocated. Also discussed and illustrated is the total United States capital outlay for public schools 2005-2008, and sources of operating and capital funding for U.S. schools. The document notes that the federal government considers school facilities a local responsibility, and that there is no staff dedicated to school the issue at the U.S. Department of Education. Twenty-nine links to the programs' websites are provided. 17p.
Report to Congress on the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Design Process and Procedures to Provide Outstanding Schools.
(Department of Defense Education Activity , Sep 2010)
Reports on how the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) will establish a formal process whereby the best practices and design innovations in public and private school construction can be incorporated into the design of DoDEA schools, including the use of sustainable designs, green building systems, acoustics management, student safety/security, and interactive technology to create a positive learning environment for children and an efficient teaching environment for faculty. 41p.
Policy Letter from the Education Secretary on Qualified School Construction Bonds and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.
(U. S. Deparment of Education, Jun 11, 2010)
Letter to Chief State School Officers, informing them about 2010 allocations for Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), as well as recent legislation and guidance concerning QSCBs and QZABs.
2010 Allocations to States of Volume Cap for Qualified School Construction Bonds
(U.S. Treasury Department, Mar 17, 2010)
This shows how the $11 billion of allocation authority to issue qualified school construction bonds for 2010 will be divided up among states and large local educational agencies. Under the allocations for 2010, states will receive $6.6 billion of the authority and large local educational agencies will receive $4.4 billion. Among the states, California will receive the largest allocation of almost $720.1 million, followed by Texas at $547.7 million. Of the local entities, New York City will receive the largest allocation, roughly $664.0 million, followed by the Puerto Rico Department of Education at almost $380.4 million, Los Angeles Unified at almost $290.2 million, and the city of Chicago School District 299 at $257.1 million. 5p.
Interim Analysis of School Facility Funding in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Including Expenditures through January 5, 2010.
(21st Century School Fund , Feb 08, 2010)
This brief report highlights initial findings related to the following questions: (1) How much disparity exists in school facility spending by state and locality?; (2) How were school facilities addressed in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act?; (3) What has happened to our nation's school facilities as a result of ARRA provisions?; and (4) Which schools and which students benefited from ARRA expenditures?
Montana Deferred Maintenance & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants
(Montana Department of Commerce, 2010)
Information on Montana's stimulus fund allocations for school facilities, including: Quick Start (HB645), Deferred Maintenance & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants (HB645); Quality Schools Facility Grant Program (HB152); and Qualified School Construction Bonds.
U.S. Department of Education American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Report: Summary of Programs and State-by-State Data.
(U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. , Nov 02, 2009)
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided approximately $100 billion to the U.S. Department of Education with the initial goal of delivering emergency education funding to States. Over $67 billion in formula grants to states were awarded as of September 30th, 2009. As of November 2, 2009, there have been $42,093,235 in infrastructure expenditures. This report includes a national overview, state profiles, reports by program, ARRA reform and outreach, a conclusion, and appendices. 251p.
Qualified School Construction Bonds' First Exam: Risks and Benefits for Issuers and Investors.
(Fitch Ratings, New York, NY, Oct 26, 2009)
Reports that school districts with low credit ratings still have to offer interest payments on special tax credit bonds included in the U.S. stimulus plan. To compensate for weaker credit ratings and changing market conditions, some issuers have had to offer supplemental interest payments or original issue discounts. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in February created a new funding option for schools: construction bonds that offer federal tax credits in place of interest payments. Unlike past tax credit bonds, these offsets for federal income tax liabilities can be sold and traded separately from the bond principal. The credits allow schools to issue debt without having to pay interest, but some are finding they have to offer more incentives to attract buyers. 3pTO ORDER: http://www.alacrastore.com/research/fitch-ratings-Qualified_School_Construction_Bonds_
New Orleans Schools Four Years after Katrina: A Lingering Federal Responsibility.
(Southern Education Foundation, Atlanta, GA , Oct 13, 2009)
Reports that K-12 students in New Orleans have made significant gains in school achievement during recent years, but that this progress is in jeopardy unless the federal government fulfills its "lingering responsibility" to help rebuild the public school infrastructure destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The report also examines New Orleans schools' looming financial problems that stem from existing debt incurred before Hurricane Katrina and from the financial challenges of rebuilding an entire city's devastated schools. In the past year, school officials have embarked on what could become a $2 billion, decades-long drive to rebuild and renovate dozens of campuses throughout the city. Locally, several groups have voiced alarm that the plan could exacerbate inequities in the city if some of the children move into state-of-the-art new buildings in the next five years, while even more remain in dilapidated structures. Includes 45 references. 38p.
IRS Releases Guidance on ARRA Bond Provisions.
(Internal Revenue Services, United States Department of the Treasury, Oct 2009)
The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) created several new types of tax-exempt bonds and tax credit bonds under the Internal Revenue Code. The latest guidance, forms and information on the ARRA bond provisions is available at links on this webpage, including Qualified School Construction Bonds, Build America Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, various energy bonds,and Tribal Economic Development bonds. Information on Davis-Bacon is included.
Report to Congress on Department of Defense Education Activity's Military Construction Program.
(Department of Defense Education Activity , Oct 2009)
Provides a comprehensive list of all current DoDEA schools with corresponding quality assessments. Includes a comprehensive list of all MILCON construction projects with associated costs required to correct facilities deemed “otherwise inadequate;” to eliminate temporary facilities; to bring facilities up to current standards as indicated by the DoDEA Education Facilities Specifications; and to address undersized facilities. Discusses the impact of base realignment and closure and global restationing actions on the student populations, as well as the subsequent effects on school construction. Provides an estimate of total annual sustainment, restoration, and modernization funds required to maintain the facilities of each DoDEA district at current standards, as mandated by the DoDEA Education Facilities Specifications, and the Department-prescribed recapitalization rate. 24p.
School Facilities: Physical Conditions in School Districts Receiving Impact Aid for Students Residing on Indian Lands.
Ashby, Cornelia M.; Dorn, Terrell G.
(US Government Accountability Office. Report to the Chairman, Committee on Indian Affairs, U.S. Senate. GAO-10-32 , Oct 2009)
The Department of Education's (Education) Impact Aid Program provides funding to school districts that are adversely impacted by a lack of local revenue because of the presence of federal land, which is exempt from local property taxes. Impact Aid can be used for school expenses, such as facilities and teacher salaries. In response to concern about school facility conditions and concern that these conditions can affect student outcomes, GAO was asked to describe (1) the physical condition of schools in districts receiving Impact Aid because of students residing on Indian lands and (2) what is known about how school facilities affect student outcomes. GAO interviewed federal, state, and local officials; analyzed available independent school facility assessment data for three states; visited eight school districts that receive Impact Aid; and analyzed studies examining the relationship between school facilities and student outcomes. 46p
$59.4 Million In Recovery Act Funding Available For Elementary And Secondary School Construction Projects At Federal Impact Aid Communities.
Rissetto, Christopher L.;Helland, Robert; Mehfoud, Kathleen: and Lacy, D. Patrick
(Reed Smith, Sep 09, 2009)
The Department of Education announced the availability of $59.4 million in grants under the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Program funding for public elementary and secondary school facilities that enroll federally connected children, including children living on Indian lands. These projects fall in two areas: 1) emergency repair projects that address threats to the health and/or safety of students and staff, such as the need for upgraded fire alarm systems; 2) modernization projects that either help address enrollment concerns, such as the construction of new classrooms, or support educational programs, such as the construction of a science laboratory.
Recovery Act Bond Finance: Qualified School Construction Bonds.
Prussing, Mark; Blacker, Roan; Brown, Duncan
(Washington State Department of Commerce, Olympia , Jul 31, 2009)
Provides detail on the Qualified School Construction Bond (QSCB) finance program, as supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. An overview of the program and its mechanics is followed by a comparison of these funds with the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) and the Build America Bond (BAB) programs. A case study from Broward County (Florida) schools is included. 16p.
Key Policy Letter from the Education Secretary to Chief State School Officers on Authorization of Qualified School Construction Bonds and Build America Bonds, and the Extension of Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.
(U. S. Deparment of Education, May 29, 2009)
This letter describes the benefits of the Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCB), Build America Bonds (BAB), and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB) programs to help LEAs save money and make their repair, renovation, or construction dollars go further. Includes a fact sheet with basic facts on the bond programs, and a table with 2009 allocations to States of QSCBs and QZABs.
Qualified School Construction Bond Allocations for 2009.
(U. S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Bulletin 2009-16, Apr 27, 2009)
This notice provides guidance on qualified tax credit bonds called Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs) under section 54F of the Internal Revenue Code. The notice sets forth the amount of QSCBs that may be issued by each State and large local education agency in 2009. QSCBs may be issued to finance certain construction and land acquisition expenditures relating to public school facilities.
Build America Bonds and Direct Payment Subsidy Implementation.
(U. S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Bulletin 2009-16, Apr 20, 2009)
This notice provides guidance on Build America Bonds under section 54AA of the Internal Revenue Code. It includes guidance on eligible types of projects and financings, initial implementation of the direct federal subsidy payment procedures, elections to use this program, and information reporting for this program. Certain guidance in this notice also applies to another type of Build America Bond in which a federal subsidy is delivered in the form of tax credits to investors instead of direct federal subsidy payments to state and local governments.
Qualified Zone Academy Bond Allocations for 2008 and 2009.
(U. S. Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service Bulletin 2009-16, Apr 20, 2009)
This notice provides guidance on qualified tax credit bonds called Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) under section 54E of the Internal Revenue Code. The notice sets forth the amount of QZABs that may be issued within each State for each of the calendar years 2008 and 2009. QZABs may be issued to finance certain expenditures relating to a qualified zone academy established by a local education agency.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. CFDA 84.404 Impact Aid Construction Formula Grants, Recovery Act.
(U.S. Department of Education, Impact Aid Program., Apr 15, 2009)
Details of appropriation of $39.6 million to 179 grantees for impact aid construction. The exact award amounts to specific states and school districts is listed. 11p.
Guidance on the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program.
(U. S. Department of Education, Washington, D. C. , Apr 2009)
Provides comprehensive information on the State Fiscal Stabilization Program, including the process for awarding funds to governors, eligible entities, application requirements, uses of stabilization funds by LEAs and by public institutions of higher education, the government services fund, and an extensive section on construction, modernization, renovation, and repair. Provides a Q&A on transparency, accountability, reporting, and other obligations, and a section on resources and information. 53p.
Proposed Funding for Education in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
(Congressional Research Service, Jan 22, 2009)
On January 15, 2009, the House Committee on Appropriations released a draft version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The primary purposes of the act focus on promoting economic recovery, assisting those most affected by the recession, improving economic efficiency by "spurring technological advances in science and health," investing in infrastructure, and stabilizing state and local government budgets. As part of this act, funds would be provided to several existing education programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), including programs authorized by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The ARRA would also create new programs that would support school construction at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education levels and provide general funds for education to support state fiscal stabilization. This report provides a brief overview of the key provisions related to education programs that are or would be administered by ED that were included in the act under Title IX (Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education) and Title XII (State Fiscal Stabilization Fund). It also provides estimates of state grants for programs for which these estimates are relevant and for which data needed to produce the estimates are available. The report will be updated as warranted by legislative action. 34p.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA): Growth Opportunities for Community Schools.
(Coalition for Community Schools, Washington, DC , 2009)
Advises community school advocates on making their case for receiving funding from the Act. While no funding is specifically targeted to school construction, community schools might be eligible for funding that addresses community services. Sources of federal funding from a variety of agencies are summarized. 5p.
Prevailing Wage Law--An Understanding of The Davis-Bacon Act.
(Lorman Education, Milwaukee, WI, 2009)
This webinar provides information to understand the specific requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act, when it applies, and the process necessary to ensure compliance and avoid enforcement actions and potential penalties. Recently enacted federal legislation and executive orders issued by the Obama Administration involving the use of federal stimulus monies will also result in additional prevailing wage compliance requirements and increased enforcement by the federal government. Federal public works contractors often do not understand the requirements for complying with the Davis-Bacon Act when bidding on and performing federal public works contracts and the consequences of noncompliance. Failure to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act can have dire consequences, including debarment and the loss of a major source of business, in addition to the exposure to substantial damages and attorneys’ fees.TO ORDER: http://www.constructionmanagementresource.com/ondemand/385264EAU
References to Journal Articles
Funding Building Projects in a Tough Economy
District Administration; Apr 2012
Outlines sources for hidden funding to help construct and maintain school buildings, including local and state tax revenues, with some limited support from state and small federal initiatives; Local School Construction Bonds and Qualified Zone Academy Bonds; Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program and the Impact Aid Facilities Maintenance Program; Credit Enhancement for Charter School Facilities Program and the State Charter School Incentive Grants Program; Department of Defense Military Construction Program; State Energy Program Grants; Department of Agriculture Rural Community Facilities Program. Also describes competitive grant funds from federal or state agencies or from private grants awarded by community and corporate foundations.
A Look Ahead: Trends 2012
Thorburn, Steven; Schoff, Larry; Ramsey, John; Canady, Mo; and Edelstein, Fritz
School Planning and Management; , p12-16 ; Jan 2012
Experts make projections concerning the education system for the year 2012 in the areas of technology, energy, state and local politics, safety and security, and federal issues.
American School and University; v83 n5 , p12-14,16-24 ; Jan 2011
Forecasts issues for schools in 2011. Subjects addressed include funding, class size, bond issues, community colleges, security, construction, sustainability, maintenance and operations, technology integration, and enrollment.
Outlook for Education in 2011.
School Planning and Management; v50 n1 , p6 ; Jan 2011
Describes the impending decrease in federal assistance to states, and cuts made at state levels in response.
Reincarnation of Rebates. [New Energy Efficiency Programs and Financing Mechanisms Available.]
Building Operating Management; v57 n12 , p37,38,40,42 ; Dec 2010
Discusses the recent surge in rebates for energy-saving building upgrades. Funds and tax-credits are made available by utilities and governments at all levels. Measurements and documentation to prove savings are addressed. Four recently developed rebate programs, as well as four novel financing strategies are also described.
ARRA Funds Empower Schools to Power Down.
District Administration; v46 n10 , p34-36,38,39 ; Nov 2010
Describes the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds in several states to improve school facilities. Kentucky's hiring of 36 energy managers, solar energy projects in Idaho, a wood chip heating system in New Hampshire, and energy-efficient upgrades in Virginia schools are described.
DoDEA Begins School Year with Facilities Renovation and Construction Initiative.
DoDDS Europe; Oct 08, 2010
Describes the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) 2010-2011 major facilities renovation and construction initiative that will eventually result in the modernization of 134 schools worldwide.
American School Board Journal; v197 n10 , p34-26 ; Oct 2010
Profiles school construction and renovation funding that is available from the federal government. Details and procedures for the Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs), Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), and Eddie Tech are described, along with some school districts' experiences with these programs.
Revenue Enhancement-The Other Side of the Coin.
School Business Affairs; v76 n5 , p12,13 ; Jun 2010
Describes how the Missouri's Lee's Summit School District cut costs and even made money by recycling, replacing its gas-powered vehicles with electric (with a federal grant), and accessed national auctions to receive bids on its surplus equipment, which also reduced storage costs.
Qualified School Construction Bonds: One School District's Experience.
School Business Affairs; v76 n5 , p18,19 ; Jun 2010
Uses the example of Arkansas' Fayetteville School District to describe how a Qualified School Construction Bond was used to renovate a high school, even though the voters rejected an increased millage to pay for a new facility.
New Ways for School Districts to Issue Bonds under the Recovery Act.
Cowburn, Laura; Phillips, Kenneth; Unkovic, David
School Business Affairs; v76 n2 , p14,15 ; Mar 2010
Describes various federal bond programs favorable to school construction. Build America Bonds and Qualified School Construction Bonds are addressed.
American School and University; v82 n7 , p16-18,20-23 ; Mar 2010
Discusses distribution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds through the educational community, describing how some building programs have been enabled by grants and various low- or no-interest bond programs.
New Deal for Community Colleges.
College Planning and Management; v13 n3 , p22,24,26 ; Mar 2010
Highlights features of the American Graduation Initiative (AGI), which promises unprecedented federal support to community colleges. The 10-year program includes $2.5 billion for construction and renovation.
Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs.)
Cash Register; , p5. ; Mar 2010
Author describes how California will benefit from a new state law that clarifies that the California Department of Education and the California School Finance Authority, under the Office of the State Treasurer, are authorized to allocate federal Qualified School Construction Bond tax credits to local educational agencies (LEAs) and Charter schools, respectively.
Sale, Lois; Womack, Jay
American School and University; v82 n7 , p26,28,30 ; Mar 2010
Discusses grant sources for "green" school facility construction or renovation. Matching the grant with the nature of the project and seeking donations, community sponsorships, and in-kind contributions are also discussed.
Facilities Funding Thaws.
Roger Bruszewski; Jung, Sam; Turner, Jeffrey
Business OFficer; Jan 2010
Discusses the trend toward public-private partnerships in higher education construction. Privatized housing is highlighted, as are benefits of federal stimulus funds and the tight bond market. Examples of seven creatively funded capital projects are described.
Ten Stimulating Ideas.
American School and University; v82 n4 , p16,18,20,21 ; Dec 2009
Briefly describes ten facilities-oriented benefits that can be executed with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as ongoing bond support and grant programs. This article presents 10 federal stimulus programs that offer education institutions an opportunity to upgrade their infrastructure and stimulate the economy: (1) Qualified School Construction Bonds; (2) Build America Bonds; (3) Bureau of Indian Affairs; (4) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); (5) Race to the Top; (6) Research Facilities; (7) Qualified Zone Academy Bonds; (8) Lunch Program Equipment; (9) Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds; and (10) Rural Community Facilities Program.
The Hot Iron. [Saving Money on School Construction.]
American School Board Journal; v196 n10 , p34-36 ; Oct 2009
Discusses current opportunities for renovating schools, emphasizing funds available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and use of funds to make school buildings more healthy and energy-efficient. Various federal bond programs are also discussed.TO ORDER: American School Board Journal, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; Tel: 703-838-6722
Opportunity and Danger: The Two Sides of the American Recovery and Investment Act.
School Business Affairs; v75 n8 , p8,10,12 ; Sep 2009
Presents cautionary advice for school districts receiving funds from the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009. Careful listening to stakeholders, planning, cautious use of the funds, and thorough documentation are discussed. This is followed by a list four major caveats and advice on the partnership between school business officials and the federal government.
New Money for Labs: Tips for Responding to the Federal Initiative.
Laboratory Design; v14 n6 , p1-3 ; Jun 2009
Describes opportunities for funding of higher education science facilities, with grants distributed through the National Center for Research Resources. The article describes qualifying projects, application procedures, and criteria for awards.
Aid for Facilities.
American School and University; v81 n11 , p16-18,20,22 ; Jun 2009
Reviews potential sources of school facilities improvement funds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. School facilities needs will have to compete with a variety of other interests seeking funding from state stabilization dollars. Bonding assistance and grants to achieve energy efficiency are also discussed.TO ORDER: http://asumag.com/
Navigating the Stimulus for Schools.
Learning By Design; May 22, 2009
Describes measures educational jurisdictions can take to make the most out of their stimulus funds now, and create the conditions for designing outstanding 21st century schools, colleges, and universities, including: 1) start with pilot projects; 2) re-evaluate the classroom; 3) re-evaluate acreage standards; 4) reconsider property tax funding; and 5) search for community-school partnerships.
Stimulus Offers Funding Support for Ed. Facilities.
Education Week; v28 n29 , p1,14,15 ; Apr 2009
Reviews potential sources of school facilities improvement funds in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. School facilities needs will have to compete with a variety of other interests seeking funding from state stabilization dollars. Bonding assistance and grants to achieve energy efficiency are also discussed.
Guide to Financing EnergySmart Schools.
School Planning and Management; v48 n4 , p46,48,50 ; Apr 2009
Describes opportunities for obtaining funding to create energy-efficient school, emphasizing new federal programs included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as ongoing grants and tax credits. Advice on organizing a strong case for federal and state funding is included.
Education's Shot in the Arm.
District Administration; v45 n4 , p20-24 ; Apr 2009
Describes categories of aid to schools available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment act of 2009. It is recommended that this one-time stimulus should be devoted to nonrecurring items, such as capital improvements.
Sustainable Facilities: Strategies for Today's Economy.
College Planning and Management; v12 n4 , p28,30,32,34,36 ; Apr 2009
Advises on engaging in and funding sustainability initiatives on higher education campuses. Programs that are eligible for federal support are described, with an emphasis on those that conserve energy or generate energy from alternative and renewable sources. Examples of sustainable building initiatives are also included, along with a review of LEED certification of higher education buildings.
How Much Will You Get?
Maintenance Solutions; v17 n4 , p6,8,9 ; Apr 2009
Discusses how funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 may be made available for school facility needs in states that choose to direct them there. Examples of school facility needs in a number of districts that do and do not anticipate receiving federal funds for school facilities are included.
Stimulus to Help Meet the Changing Needs of Today's Students and Communities.
The Education Innovator; v7 n3 ; Mar 26, 2009
This describes funding available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act(ARRA) to upgrade school and college facilities. Information sources about school facilities includes a description of the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. Schools as centers of community is explored.
American School and University; v81 n7 , p40,42-44 ; Mar 2009
Identifies sources of funding to help build "green" schools, including federal and state programs, foundation grants, and partnerships with business.
Shovel-Ready Facilities Project Funds Tossed.
University Business; v12 n3 , p14 ; Mar 2009
Discusses how higher education facilities funding was eliminated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
New Study On School Infrastructure Could Influence Obama's Economic Stimulus Plan.
Science Daily; Jan 22, 2009
Describes how a report by Faith E. Crampton, associate professor in the UWM School of Education, "School Infrastructure Funding Need," written for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT)became a resource for President Barack Obama in considering improvements to school facilities. The study, which documents infrastructure funding needs in each of the 50 states, is helpful in the planning process because it provides the numbers policymakers require.
Cost Concerns, Economic Anxieties Put Construction on Shaky Ground.
Education Week; v28 n18 , p1, 10-11 ; Jan 2009
This article reports that years of rising fuel and materials costs, compounded by current budget shortfalls and uncertainty about the marketability of construction bonds, have made school facilities directors eager to reap the benefits of President Barack Obama's economic-recovery initiative, which is slated to include federal money for building and modernizing schools. The Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives released their version of the bill on Jan. 15. It would set aside $14 billion for local school districts for a school modernization and repair program, which includes technology upgrades and energy-efficiency improvements. Although no official date has been set for final action on an economic-recovery plan, the Senate will also offer its own version of such legislation.
Spending on School Infrastructure: Does Money Matter?
Journal of Educational Administration; v47 n3 , p305-322 ; 2009
Furthers development of an emerging thread of quantitative research that grounds investment in school infrastructure in a unified theoretical framework of investment in human, social, and physical capital. The author uses canonical analysis, a multivariate statistical approach that allows for multiple independent and dependent variables. Level of student poverty is added as a control variable given an extensive body of research that supports its negative impact on achievement. Descriptive statistics are generated as well as a Pearson product moment correlation matrix to diagnose and address potential issues of multicollinearity and simultaneity. Three national databases are used: United States Census Bureau, US Department of Educations National Assessment of Educational Progress test score data, and the US Department of Educations Common Core of Data. Years analyzed are 2003, 2005, and 2007. The findings indicate that investment in human, social, and physical capital accounts for between 55.8 and 77.2 percent of the variation in student achievement in fourth and eighth grade reading and mathematics. Investment in human capital is consistently the largest influence on student achievement followed by social and physical capital.TO ORDER: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/Insight/viewContentItem.do;jsessionid=
School Facilities and Tax Credit Bonds.
Educational Facility Planner; v43 n4 , p14,15 ; 2009
Describes the federal government’s Qualified School Construction Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, and Build America Bonds. Details of amounts available, eligibility, and links to application instructions are included.
A Wish List for the New Administration.
Edelstein, Fritz; Robertson, Sue; Bode, Art; Schoff, Larry; Dorn, Michael; Musso, John
School Planning and Management; v48 n1 , p20-24 ; Jan 2009
Six school facilities experts reflect on possibilites for school facilities improvement from the Obama administration, and on the proposed federal stimulus package. Anticipated improvements include funding for school construction, early childhood education, and technology. Hopes that the funding will be spent on modernization of existing schools, not just repair or new construction are expressed, as is the desire that the funds not be accompanied by excessive restrictions, that energy saving be stressed, that proven school safety programs be promoted, and that the impact of the current global economic crisis be considered.
Getting a Piece of the Pie: Schools Need to Be Proactive, Flexible When Pursuing Stimulus Funding.
Educational Facility Planner; v43 n4 , p12-15 ; 2009
Outlines how funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009 may be made available for school facility needs in states that choose to direct them there. Examples of school facility needs in a number of districts that do and do not anticipate receiving federal funds for school facilities are included. Two types of tax credit bonds are also described, as are steps school districts should take toward receiving funding.