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CC&S investigates the role public school infrastructure plays in improving educational quality, neighborhood revitalization, and metropolitan growth. Much of our work in this area is done in partnership with the national Building Educational Success Together (BEST) community of practice.
Joint Use School Partnerships in California: Strategies to Enhance Schools and Communities
Tamar Cooper and Jeffrey M. Vincent
A Joint Report from Center for Cities & Schools (CC&S) and Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)
While successful joint use partnerships can be found across California and the country, lack of information, guidance, and best practices keep many localities from pursuing this collaborative strategy. CC&S partnered with Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP) to conduct initial research on joint use school facility partnerships in California. Our report looks at joint use partnerships in the California policy context, focusing on three cases: opening up existing school yards for public use in San Francisco; building new joint use gymnasiums in Rosemead; and building a joint use child development center in Clovis (appendices include formal case agreements). The report provides key lessons learned and recommended steps to crafting effective joint use partnerships.
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The Complex and Multi-Faceted Nature of School Construction Costs: Factors Affecting California. A Report to the American Institute of Architects California Council
By Jeffrey M. Vincent and Deborah McKoy
Over the past ten years, public education construction has seen unprecedented growth and California is among the front runners driving this trend. Rising costs, however, are increasing rapidly, impacting school districts’ ability to deliver the schools they are promising their constituents. This research report addresses the void in understanding school construction costs by addressing two key questions: What are the factors affecting school construction costs in California? In what ways do these factors compare nationally and in other states? We use interviews, focus groups, and policy and statistical analysis to compare California and seven comparison states.
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Linking School Construction Investments to Equity, Smart Growth, and Healthy Communities
Jeffrey M. Vincent and Mary W. Filardo
In this CC&S and BEST paper, we link patterns of public school construction investment found in our national Growth and Disparity report to equity, smart growth, and healthy community issues.
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Building Schools, Building Communities: The Role of State Policy in California - Proceedings Paper.
CC&S and the American Architectural Foundation convened more than 40 policymakers and practitioners from across California to dialogue on the state’s massive ongoing investment in building new schools.
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Growth & Disparity: A Decade of U.S. Public School Construction (2006)
Mary Filardo, Jeffrey M. Vincent, Ping Sung, and Travis Stein
CC&S and BEST (Building Educational Success Together) analyzed the last ten years of public school capital spending. We found that the nation’s school districts spent more than $300 billion to build and renovate schools. But despite this massive investment, schools with the greatest need, primarily those in high-poverty and predominantly minority school districts, have seen the least investment.
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Press on Growth & Disparity
PDF – EdWeek
PDF – Barack Obama statement
An Analysis of Public School Construction Spending in California (Coming Fall 2008)
Jeffrey M. Vincent and Mary Filardo
A follow-up to our national Growth & Disparity report, this study analyzes in more depth public school construction spending California, looking at statewide and regional spending by neighborhood income, student income, and student race/ethnicity.
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Model Polices in Support of High Performance School Buildings for All Children (2007)
Created by the BEST partners, this report provides policy guidance and recommendations to elected and appointed officials and administrators at the State, local, and school district level to improve facilities management in order to support and enhance the delivery of educational programs and services for students and teachers.
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An Exploration of the Relationship between School Facilities Investment, School Quality, and Communities in Los Angeles
PACE, CC&S, BEST, and LAUSD are partnering on a preliminary study looking at the school quality and local community outcomes of the historic school construction program of Los Angeles Unified School District. Visit PACE.
Planning New Schools: A Survey of California Public School Districts (coming Summer 2008)
Jeffrey M. Vincent
This report presents the findings from recent survey research on trends and practices of building new schools in California.
Promising Practices to Improve Schools and Communities: A Survey of Highly Collaborative and Comprehensive Education Reform Efforts. (2007)
By Heather Kinlaw, Deborah L. McKoy, and Jeffrey M. Vincent.
With support from the Fannie Mae Foundation, this report analyzes models of highly collaborative and comprehensive education reform efforts to close the achievement gap from across the country. Using a literature review and interviews with leaders in education and government, the report identifies a broad spectrum of approaches to addressing the complex needs of America’s youngsters and the communities that they call home.
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CC&S is a member and research partner of BEST, a Ford Foundation funded community of practice with nine partner organizations nationally – working towards a vision where all children learn in school buildings that are safe and educationally adequate and that serve as community anchors in vibrant, healthy neighborhoods. BEST partners engage in and conduct research on school facility policy, spending, design, condition, and planning. Visit BEST.

Jeff Vincent presents, "Linking School Construction Investments to Equity, Smart Growth, and Healthy Communities" at the Florida State University Spring 2008 Critical Issues Symposium on School Siting and Healthy Communities. Tallahassee, FL. Download presentation (PDF)

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