According to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than half of our nation’s school buildings are suffering from major infrastructure problems.
In addition, some 36,000 school buildings need to repair or replace several major features and systems which, if they aren’t fixed, can lead to serious health and safety issues for students, teachers and staff.
Underfunded buildings exacerbate educational inequities. But there is a way educators can fix this, without delay.
As the George Floyd protests spread worldwide, educators are examining how to strive for equity in all opportunities and outcomes to level the playing field for students being left behind.
Inequity exists in education in many forms, most notably in the provision of billions less in school funding to predominantly nonwhite school districts, despite having the same amount of students as predominantly white school districts.
In light of the George Floyd protests, your school board may be re-examining district efforts involving diversity and inclusion. Have you considered your district’s dealings with businesses?
The average school district spends 11% of its budget on purchased services, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. There is an opportunity to ensure that minority and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBE) are competitive when bidding for that work.