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Integrating Infrastructure Planning: The Role of Schools

Deborah McKoy, Jeffrey M. Vincent & Carrie Makarewicz 
In ACCESS 33 (4): 18-26, 2008

This article discusses the ways in which schools affect urban development and transportation, acknowledging that their location, design, and physical condition may be some of the most important determinants of neighborhood vitality. As California continues to grow and the state continues to make significant investments in public school facilities, crafting a vision and strategic supporting policies to ensure growth and prosperity becomes ever more important. The article presents three key recommendations to align school planning with broader infrastructure planning and investment.

Joint Use School Partnerships in California: Strategies to Enhance Schools and Communities

A Joint Report from CC+S and Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP), by Jeffrey M. Vincent and Tamar Cooper

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

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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Building Schools and Community

Ariel H. Bierbaum, Jeffrey M. Vincent and Erika Tate 
In In Race, Poverty and the Environment 15(1), Spring 2008.

To meet the new dual demands of education and social service programming, urban school districts are beginning to invesst in neighborhood revitalization and modernizing school facilities. 

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Housing and Education: The Inextricable Link

Deborah L. McKoy and Jeffrey M. Vincent

In Segregation: The Rising Costs for America
(Edited by James Carr and Nandinee Kutty)

The complex relationship between housing and education - the "housing-school nexus" - is found across the United States in varying degrees. As increasing evidence reveals that housing values rise and fall with test scores, real estate agents say that the quality of schools is now a central driving force behind the country's most expensive housing markets. 

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Engaging Youth in City-School Collaboration: Emeryville and Berkeley, California

Laura Henry & Alissa Kronovet 2008 PLUS Report

Data-Sharing for Systems ChangE: City of San Pablo and West Conta Costa Unified School District, California

Erika Tate 2008 PLUS Report

Youth Data Archive: Oakland Unified School District

Lynn Wu, Diana Lee + Kirsten Vital 2008 PLUS Report