Public/Private Partnerships Offer Innovative Opportunities for School Facilities

Over the past decade, concern over the adequacy of existing public school facilities has become an important component of the education debate in communities throughout the nation. In both cities and suburbs, students, parents, teachers, and many public officials argue that school buildings are overcrowded, obsolete, and/or unsafe. As a result, how much money is available for school construction, modernization and renovation has become a significant issue in state and local politics. In response to such pressures in Maryland, Governor Ehrlich announced in early 2005 that his budget for next year would include $157 million for school construction, the largest amount proposed in three years.

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