School Facilities:

States' Financial and Technical Support Varies

HEHS-96-27: Published: Nov 28, 1995. Publicly Released: Dec 13, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined the role of states in supporting school facilities improvements, focusing on: (1) state funding and technical assistance to local school districts; and (2) the extent to which states collect information on school building conditions.

GAO found that: (1) most states have a role in school facilities construction, renovation, and maintenance, and 13 states have established comprehensive facilities programs; (2) states provided $3.5 billion for school facilities construction during fiscal year 1994; (3) state financial assistance for school facility construction ranged from $6 per student to more than $2,000 per student; (4) the number of staff devoted to providing facilities guidance and oversight varied, with most states having fewer than 6 full-time equivalent staff; (5) twenty-three states collected data on the condition of school buildings in their area, seventeen states collected data on building inventories, and 10 states collected no data on school facilities; and (6) some state officials believe that school facilities matters are primarily a local responsibility.

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