The U.S. Department of Education announced today first year grant award of $973,763 for George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to support the establishment and implementation of an Educational Facilities Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse will provide technical assistance, training and resources to public preschools, K-12 schools and higher education institutions on issues related to educational facility planning, design, financing, construction, improvement, operation, maintenance and safety.
"Students need safe, healthy and modern school facilities to be able to focus on learning and improving academic achievement," said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "This grant will allow George Washington University to establish a Clearinghouse to help local education leaders plan for, build, improve and maintain educational facilities to help turnaround schools and close the achievement gap."
This award for the first year of a three-year project will provide the education community with a reliable resource for information that can be used to plan for new construction, renovation and improvements to educational facilities. The Clearinghouse will also develop resources and assemble best practices on issues related to ensuring safe, healthy and high-performance public facilities, including procedures for identifying hazards and conducting vulnerability assessment. More information is available at this link for the Educational Facilities Clearinghouse.