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March/April 2021 Illinois School Board Journal

When the ‘New Normal’ Arrives Applying the Lessons of the Pandemic

Compiled by James Fritts
A mission of the school is to teach skills to students in such a way that they can apply these skills successfully to future situations, even those that neither they nor their teachers can envision. … As part of the coursework in a Finance and Budgeting class, teams of students in a principal preparation program were asked to identify innovations in building operation and maintenance, transportation, food services, technology, and other areas that improved the health of the school’s occupants, opened up space to batter support instruction, enhanced learning technology in the school and in students’ homes, moved students and instructional resources between home and school, and contributed to improved nutrition of school families. …
 
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This Coming Budget Season is an Opportunity Unlike Any Other for School Boards

By Sara R. Shaw and Carrie B. Stewart
 
More than ever before, your board can -- and should -- ensure equity and resource alignment in your district, to support students.

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Commentary
Schools Fulfill Vital Role in Community Recovery

By the Re-Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition
Before there was COVID-19, and sure to be after, school districts face natural disasters and other emergencies that directly and indirectly impact their facilities.
Read the original document here.
 
BASIC Advice for Federal Funding of School Infrastructure
By the Re-Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the basic inadequacies and strong inequities of our nation’s public-school facilities infrastructure described above.
Read the original document here.
 

Reprinted and adapted with permission. The [Re]Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition (BASIC) is a non-partisan coalition of civic, government, and industry organizations who support federal funding to help underserved public school districts modernize their facilities. BASIC is fighting to secure significant Congressional support to prioritize public school infrastructure into the nation’s larger infrastructure agenda and invest $100 billion to modernize our public school facilities over 10 years — creating an estimated 1.8 million American jobs. 

 
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