Published Online: March 21, 2014

American Schools’ Facility Gap: Weigh In

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—Jessica Kourkounis for Education Week

The schoolhouse is an iconic symbol in America, one that can be found in virtually every community, large and small. The nation's school buildings, however, vary greatly in their size, age, level of modernization, and state of maintenance. A new survey of district leaders finds that more than half of K-12 schools in the United States are in need of repair, renovation, and/or updating. Such improvements are estimated to require about $4.5 million for each facility, for a total of $200 billion.

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Education Week wants to see the state of the nation's school buildings through your eyes, from the state of the art to those in serious need of repair.

We are looking for creative, poignant, and representative feedback on the state of your school building, inside and out. Whether breaking ground for new construction, recently opened, stately old school, showing its age, overflowing to temporary structures, or downright unacceptable, show us what's happening with your school facilities. Feel free to also share your own commentary about how the condition of your school affects the educators, students, parents, and community it serves.

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