In 2016, when the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Center for Green Schools published the last State of Our Schools, the report found a $46 billion annual gap in the
level of funding for the maintenance, operation and periodic capital improvements needed for good stewardship of its schools.
Unfortunately, five years later, we have found that this gap has increased to a staggering $85 billion every single year.
The evidence is clear:
No matter how good the curriculum, we can’t achieve world-class education with crumbling school facilities. Yet that is where we are today. Every national, state, and local policymaker should know the extent of this massive underinvestment and its all-pervasive, cascading effects on the health and education of students, teachers, staff, and our communities.
To read the 2021 State of Our Schools report in its entirety, click here or on the link below.