K-12 school infrastructure for sustainable communities – new report

The University of California, Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools recently released a detailed analysis of policies, regulations, and funding patterns for California’s K-12 infrastructure.  This report gets to the heart of an issue that goes hand in hand with Safe Routes to School.  In communities all across the state not only do we have problems of unsafe and crumbling infrastructure on the way to school, but the schools themselves are in a state of disrepair.

This report takes a deep look at the last ten years of school infrastructure planning and policy in the state, including the School Facility Program, identifies key challenges at the state level, and makes specific recommendations for state policy to improve school facilities.  Key recommendations include increasing collaboration between local educational agencies and local governments in land development, particularly through implementation of the Sustainable Communities legislation SB375, and ensuring equitable distribution of infrastructure investments.

The full report can be found here: http://citiesandschools.berkeley.edu/reports/CCS2012CAK12facilities.pdf

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