School Climate & Safety

Construction Aid Varies by State

By Joetta L. Sack — June 07, 2005 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

States differ dramatically in how much they spend per pupil on school construction and renovations, particularly states with growing enrollments, a report shows.

Mary Filardo, the executive director of the Washington-based 21st Century Schools Fund, which produced the report, said that many states have more money to be spent in the pipeline from voter-approved bonds that has not been distributed. She added, though, that she was surprised by some of the spending disparities.

Alaska, which is seeing moderate enrollment growth, was the highest spender at $10,722 per pupil for construction alone. The national average was $5,451.

“The Role of School Facilities in Advancing Educational Equity” is available from the 21st Century School Fund.

Montana, at $1,680, and West Virginia, at $2,373 per pupil, were the lowest spenders. Both states have declining enrollments. But fast-growing California and Colorado were below average at $4,241 and $4,963, respectively, while Nevada was at $8,190.

Nearly all Southern states were below the national average, according to the report, which was released May 23.

The data, from New York City-based McGraw-Hill Construction, show that, adjusted for inflation, about $293 billion was spent on school construction from 1995 to 2004.

Factoring in a conservative estimate of 20 percent for land acquisition, site preparation, and other related costs, Ms. Filardo estimates that the total expenditure came to about $352 billion.

Ms. Filardo acknowledged that the numbers in the analysis might not be exact, but she said that earlier estimates of unmet school repair and modernization needs appeared to be low.

In 1995, the agency now called the Government Accountability Office put that cost at $112 billion; in 2000, the National Education Association came up with a $322 billion price tag.

Even though more than $350 billion has been spent over the past decade on construction and related costs, great needs remain in most parts of the country, she said.

Events

Jobs October 2021 Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Using Integrated Analytics To Uncover Student Needs
Overwhelmed by data? Learn how an integrated approach to data analytics can help.

Content provided by Instructure
Classroom Technology Webinar How Pandemic Tech Is (and Is Not) Transforming K-12 Schools
The COVID-19 pandemic—and the resulting rise in virtual learning and big investments in digital learning tools— helped educators propel their technology skills to the next level. Teachers have become more adept at using learning management

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

School Climate & Safety Can Districts Legally Mandate Student Vaccines? No, Two New Lawsuits Claim
Two large California districts are being sued over policies requiring vaccinations for schoolchildren by the end of 2021.
5 min read
Diego Cervantes, 16, gets a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena on May 14, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif.
Diego Cervantes, 16, gets a shot of the Pfizer vaccine at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena last spring in Pasadena, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
School Climate & Safety From Our Research Center Higher Student Morale Linked to In-Person Instruction, Survey Shows
Educators see student morale rising since last spring, according to a new EdWeek Research Center survey.
4 min read
Second-grade students raise their hands during a math lesson with teacher Carlin Daniels at Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.
Second grade students raise their hands during a math lesson in Meriden, Conn., Sept. 30.
Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP
School Climate & Safety Law Against 'Disorderly Conduct' in Schools Led to Unfair Student Arrests, Judge Rules
The South Carolina ruling is a model for other states where students are still being arrested for minor incidents, an attorney said.
6 min read
Scales of justice and Gavel on wooden table.
Pattanaphong Khuankaew/iStock
School Climate & Safety A Rise in School Shootings Leads to Renewed Calls for Action
A return to in-person learning means a return to school shootings, advocates warn.
5 min read
Families depart the Mansfield ISD Center For The Performing Arts Center where families were reunited with Timberview High School Students, Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021 in Mansfield, Texas. Police in Texas have arrested a student suspected of opening fire during a fight at his Dallas-area high school, leaving four people injured.
Families were reunited Oct. 6 in Mansfield, Texas, after a student opened fire at Timberview High School in Arlington, leaving four people injured. Data show that the start of this school year has been particularly violent compared to previous years.
Tony Gutierrez/AP