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State of Our Schools

GBCI: 0920010376

A unprecedented, national report on K-12 public schools’ facilities funding, projecting an annual under-investment of $46 billion.
Eligible for 3 CE HOURS.
  • 3 CE

Published on: January 20, 2017

Average: 4.4 (8 votes)


Note: This report is available for free through the Center for Green Schools. The associated quiz and continuing education hours are available for purchase on this page.

School facilities have a direct impact on student learning, student and staff health, and school finances. But too many students attend school facilities that fall short of providing 21st century learning environments because essential maintenance and capital improvements are underfunded.

The 2016 State of Our Schools Report offers a comprehensive compilation and analysis of the best available school district data about U.S. K–12 public school facilities funding. The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school infrastructure and focuses on 20 years of school facility investment nationwide, as well as funding needed moving forward to make up for annual investment shortfalls for essential repairs and upgrades. The report also proposes recommendations for investments, innovations and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools.


  1. Understand the basic characteristics of K-12 school facilities funding in the US
  2. Learn how funding for K-12 facilities differs across the US, and consider the effects of this on facility quality and equity
  3. Consider how your community’s funding compares to national trends and averages
  4. Understand proposed recommendations for investments, innovations, and reforms to improve learning environments for children in all U.S. public schools
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Total 8 commentsLeave a comment

Hamilton Partners, Inc.

the course educated me on a lot of topics that I was misinformed in the past about

Mechanical Engineer, TATA consultancy services

Well done

Financial Associate, Cushman & Wakefield

Good summary and data.

Property Manager, TIER REIT, Inc.

Excellent course. Great information!

Production Designer at Intereum, Inc., Intereum, Inc.

The language was a little difficult to get through, which is common with research articles

Associate Engineer, The Port Authority of NY and NJ

Glad to hear our schools are steadily improving!

Manager, Operations, JLL

Found this course test to be a little bit heavy on the minor details.

Facility Asset Strategies
Pro Reviewer

This Course is based on a the '2016 State of Our Schools: America's K-12 Facilities Report', and provides useful, clear information about the physical condition of the nation's public schools. The Report offers sobering insights into the scale of the challenge of what will be required in the years ahead to provide the desired quality of education to the community from a facilities-oriented perspective. Readers should both understand that a serious discussion about this topic should be supported by relevant data to achieve legitimacy, and welcome the opportunity to examine how metrics pertaining to a particular State compare with others across the country. In my opinion, this Course merits a 5-Star Rating because it addresses the topic in a thorough, clear and unbiased manner, and is relevant throughout the Green Building community and beyond.

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