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2016 Report Card for Tennessee’s Infrastructure

Monday, October 10th, 2016
2016 Report Card for Tennessee

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) TENNESSEE CHAPTER Executive Summary Tennessee, the “Volunteer State,” the “Country Music Capital of the World,” boasts the official slogan, “Tennessee – America at Its Best.” Already, Tennessee has been named “Best place to move to.” What would it take for Tennessee to be known as the “Home of America’s […]

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Palm Beach County, FL: School Transportation Rollout

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
Palm Beach County, FL: School Transportation Rollout

Transportation improvements shifted into high gear over the summer in order to give students the safest and most efficient ride possible. Reporter Claudia Shea shows us the transportation changes that are rolling out for the 2016-17 school year.

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Using Data to Foster Biking and Walking to School

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Safe Routes to School


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Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

Monday, July 4th, 2016
Montgomery County, NC: WiFi En Route

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Montgomery County Schools an Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grant. With funding from the grant and additional support from partners,Curriculum Associates, Golden LEAF Foundation and Dream Builders Communications, the school system launched a new initiative, “A Culture Creating Effective Systems for Success” (ACCESS). Montgomery County Schools started a one device per student (1:1) program and outfitted eight buses with WiFi hotspots.

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Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Indian Prairie Schools outline partnerships as strong possibilities for saving money and creating strong infrastructure. Step by step suggestions.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016
Rachel Gutter, Director, Center for Green Schools

Rachel Gutter is Senior Vice President of Knowledge at the U.S. Green Building Council and Director of the Center for Green Schools.

“It’s been 20 years since the federal government published a comprehensive inventory of K-12 public school facilities, and at the time…more than 15,000 schools in the United States had air that was actually unfit to breathe. And then they dropped it for the last 20 years…because of our limited insight into the conditions of the school facilities, we have no sense of just how pervasive the problem is. But just like we know that lurking across these hundred thousand K-12 public schools there are thousands of schools that still have air that’s unfit to breathe, we know that there are likely thousands of schools that have water that’s unfit for drinking. And that’s not acceptable.”

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The State of Our Schools

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
The Nation Underinvests in Public School Facilities

School facilities represent the second largest sector of public infrastructure spending, after highways, and yet we have no comprehensive national data source on K–12 public school infrastructure. Even at the state level, school facilities information is often scant. The dearth of official data and standards for our nation’s public school infrastructure has left communities and states working largely on their own to plan for and provide high-quality facilities…These realities inspired our three organizations to assemble the best available state-by-state data and propose a standards-based framework by which we can benchmark the nation’s investment.

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Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Report Card for D.C.

The District of Columbia has 265 bridge structures; 226 of the bridges are owned by the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the remaining 39 are owned by the National Park Service (NPS). The average age of a bridge in D.C. is 58 years, and 80% of the bridges will need to be replaced or rehabilitated in the next 10 years. However, the District made significant strides to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges from 8% to 3% in just three years. Despite this progress, more than 220,000 trips are taken over a structurally deficient bridge every day and a quarter of bridges have at least one major component in fair condition.

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North Carolina: Active Routes to School

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
North Carolina: Active Routes to School

In a joint partnership with North Carolina’s Division of Public Health, NCDOT is proud to support North Carolina’s Active Routes to School Program. Sponsoring events at schools around the state, the Active Routes to School Program is making a positive impact on the lives of many of our younger citizens.

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Lake Balboa, CA: Chaotic Gridlock at Daniel Pearl Magnet HS

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Van Nuys, CA: Chaotic Gridlock at Daniel Pearl Magnet HS

With more and more students attending Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, the congested traffic of trying to drive into school is getting hectic. With numerous school’s surrounding DPMHS, Senior Mher Mkrtchian describes how it affects his morning routine as a new driver. –The Pearl Post on YouTube

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