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Charter schools could get share of school construction funds in Florida

School districts would have to share local school construction and maintenance money with charter schools, according to a proposed amendment. It would require half of the money raised by an optional local property tax to be split between charter and traditional schools on a per-student basis.

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Racine USD to borrow $50 million for rebuilding schools

The Wisconsin district's board of education set a public hearing on its plan to borrow up to $50 million primarily to rebuild two schools and add an addition to a third.

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Grants proposed for school construction in Washington

A bipartisan group of senators put forward a bill offering one-time grants for school districts that are adding classes in accordance with state mandates.

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Alaska legislature considers suspending reimbursements for school construction

School buildings may join school programs in facing budget cuts under legislation being considered in Juneau. A proposed Senate bill would halt new entries in a state program that reimburses local governments for up to 70 percent of the cost when they issue bonds to build or renovate schools.

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$50 million bond issue approved in Louisiana district

The Jefferson Parish School Board voted to borrow $50 million in sales tax bonds to partially finance $129 million for over 200 school construction projects being considered.

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Oregon district to renovate nearly 30 schools

Portland Public Schools has slated 27 schools for facility improvement work this summer. The record-breaking $482 million bond in 2012 will ultimately cover building improvements at up to 67 schools.

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Largest bond in Tulsa history passes with overwhelming support

The biggest bond in Tulsa Public Schools history passed with about 85 percent approval. The Oklahoma district will have $415 million to spend on construction, technology, libraries and transportation.

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Assembly OKs school bond bill, keeps Nevada prevailing wage

The emergency bill allowing Nevada school districts to issue 10-year bonds without voter approval passed the Assembly. The bill was a quick replacement for Senate Bill 119, which was stalled because of a provision to drop the prevailing workers wage for school construction projects requirement.

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California county embarks on high school building plan

San Juan USD begins construction of $117 million in “signature” projects at nine high school campuses next month. The projects will be financed with about a third of the $350 million in Measure N bond funds voters approved in 2012.

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Maryland county officials continue plea for state school aid

Montgomery County could face difficult decisions if the state doesn’t help fulfill the school district’s funding request for capital projects. The county school board’s requested $1.74 billion fiscal 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program banks on the success of a state bill to direct more school construction money to the county.

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