Repairs Needed For Schools, But We Got No Monies
Maintenance is urgently needed for more than half of 879 school districts in California. This is according to a report by UC Berkeley’s Center for Cities and Schools. El Niño is expected to bring violent rain this winter and it looks like many students can expect leaky roofs and wet textbooks.
According to the study, 62 percent of the schools examined failed to reach the standards for basic maintenance and operation from 2008 to 2012. This estimates to about 2.2 million K-12 students who will have to continue studying in classrooms that need various types of modernizations and upkeep.
The big problem is that public schools need money in order to fix their institutions, but almost all of the $35 billion in school construction bonds has already been spent. A big source of funding comes form local property taxes, and in areas with a low socioeconomic status, that funding is very miniscule compared to the need of the students.
It is estimated that at least $1.4 billion is needed annually in order to bring all school districts to the minimum spending standards.
Read more at Berkeley News