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November 5, 2018
New $85 million Englewood high school to focus on science and technology, careers
Chicago Public Schools announced Monday that it will open a “state-of-the-art” high school focusing on career-preparation and math, science and engineering education in…
May 8, 2017
New Memphis school buildings get green light on design funds
Shelby County leaders take the first step toward rebuilding two Memphis elementary schools.
November 8, 2016
Tax measures falter in two of three northern Colorado school districts, according to early returns
School tax measures faltered in two of three northern Colorado districts Tuesday. In the Poudre district, a mill levy override passed and a bond vote was too close to call.
$15 million question
January 13, 2016
New Jeffco board to reconsider school construction, budget issues Thursday
The likely votes would be the first to roll back decisions by the recalled Jefferson County school board members.
April 4, 2014
New Stapleton high school opens old wounds
The construction of a new high school in Stapleton has sparked a showdown between the district and one of the city's most vocal community. It has drawn attention to communication failures that other, less vocal communities have complained of for years.
January 31, 2014
Pre-K in and charter schools out in de Blasio school construction plan
The Department of Education today unveiled a $12.8 billion plan to add 39,500 seats to the city's schools by 2019. The plan adds 7,000 more seats than the Bloomberg administration had planned for, mostly for pre-K seats, but does not allocate any funds to charter school construction.
January 22, 2014
Budget panel launches BEST oversight bill
The legislative Joint Budget Committee has unanimously approved introduction of a bill that would give the legislature greater control over part of the Building Excellent Schools Today program.
October 8, 2013
State audit finds some faults with BEST
A new state audit of the Building Excellent Schools Today construction program has a clear message to the people who run the program – "you need to tighten up your procedures."
June 19, 2013
BEST grants clear legislature hurdle
A legislative committee Wednesday gave its unanimous stamp of approval to the recommended list of 2013-14 grants from the Building Excellent Schools Today construction program.
May 28, 2013
BEST board makes its first cuts
The state school construction board has taken its first cut at projects bidding for state financial aid in 2013-14.
May 24, 2013
Construction grant bids set to be culled
It’s the nervous time of year for schools that have their hopes pinned on winning state grants for new buildings and major renovations.
February 26, 2013
Bill would change rules for BEST
A legislative committee would have final say over state-assisted school construction projects under a pending bill. Capitol roundup
January 6, 2012
This week's safe schools snippets
Rules to stop pupil and teacher from getting too social online - Boulder school among two recognized for Safe Routes to School top honor- Bullied girl's suicide has ongoing impact - School problems linked to Neenan Co. will likely boost state's scrutiny - Youth concussion rules among new Colorado laws in 2012.
April 12, 2011
New school construction estimates rise slightly after dropping
Under Albany's new budget agreement, New York City's school capital plan will regain roughly 12,000 seats — a boon to school officials who expected harsher cuts, but a number that does not meet earlier demand estimates. In November of last year, city officials estimated that they would need to increase earlier seat construction projections in the face of overcrowding in schools. At the time, they planned for 50,074 new seats to be built by 2014, many of them in elementary and middle schools where demand had ballooned. Then came a proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo to cap state spending on school construction aid. The plan would have significantly reduced the state's contribution. To absorb the cut, city officials said they wouldn't be able to build thousands of the seats they had planned on — a decision that would have affected schools in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Riverdale, Bronx, the most. But now that Cuomo's proposal has not been included in the budget agreement, the numbers have changed again. With $1.7 billion more to spend on school construction, the city can now afford to build about 26,500 seats, instead of the roughly 14,000 it had planned on. City officials said that more information about which neighborhoods would benefit from the seat construction increase, and which would not feel any effect, would be released tomorrow.
March 17, 2010
Jobs bill clears way for $1.4 billion in school construction bonds
Here's one way the jobs bill headed for the president's desk today will affect New York City: it unfreezes more than $1 billion in school construction bonds the city needs to fund its capital plan. The bonds were effectively frozen because of a significant flaw in last year's federal stimulus bill, which set aside $22 billion over two years for school districts to sell interest-free bonds to fund school construction. As Pro Publica reported late last year, many banks refused to buy the bonds because they were funded by tax credits that investors found worthless. The jobs bill the Senate passed today aims to solve that problem by using a direct subsidy, rather than a tax credit, to pay banks for the bonds. (The House passed a similar bill last month and President Barack Obama is expected to sign it.) New York City, like many school districts around the country, had delayed issuing any bonds because of this problem, according to the mayor's preliminary budget plan released in January. In the mayor's plan, the Office of Management and Budget noted that it expected Congress to revise the school construction bond program and predicted that when it did, the city would successfully be able to issue all $1.4 billion in bonds.
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