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State of Our Schools

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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: 4.1 (16 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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U.S. Green Building Council
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United States

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