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The research is clear—where students learn matters. Studies show that school facilities can have an impact on student achievement, attendance, drop-out rates, even behavior. It’s also clear that many school buildings throughout the U.S. are in serious need of improvement.

Here are just a few reports highlighting this critical issue:

American Society of Civil Engineers Infrastructure Report Card, 2007

Florida’s School Facilities Grade: D+

“Every school day, nearly 50 million K-12 students and six million adults occupy close to 100,000 public school buildings on an estimated two million acres of land. The nation continues to underinvest in school facilities, leaving an estimated $38 billion annual gap”

National Bureau of Economic Research

School facilities

“The impact of heat on achievement is three times as large for black and Hispanic students as for white students.…school air conditioning appears to offset nearly all of the damaging impacts of cumulative heat exposure on academic achievement.”

Penn State

The Importance of School Facilities in Improving Student Outcomes

“When the positive impacts of facility improvement on teachers and students are translated into dollar figures, the rewards of such investments far outstrip the cost of the investments.”

National Bureau of Economic Research

School facilities

“The impact of heat on achievement is three times as large for black and Hispanic students as for white students.…school air conditioning appears to offset nearly all of the damaging impacts of cumulative heat exposure on academic achievement.”

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