A Tipping Point for America's Aging School Buildings
March 23, 2023
Children need safe places to learn, and research has shown that the right school setting can boost student achievement. A thoughtful design can also buoy students’ and teachers’ mental health.
But a lack of consistent, equitable investment in the nation’s school buildings is showing.
Buildings in most school districts require major system upgrades, federal data have shown. Many students can’t drink the tap water at their schools. And school districts are struggling to find the staff needed to maintain their existing facilities, much less secure the funding to make major improvements. Plus, the uncertainty of declining enrollments makes taking an expensive risk on a new building that much more complicated.