The Center for Green Schools' researchers reviewed spending and estimates schools spent $211 billion on upkeep between 1995 and 2008. During that same time, schools should have spent some $482 billion, the group calculated based on a formula included in the most recent GAO study.That left a $271 billion gap between what should have been spent on upkeep and what was, the group reported. Each student's share? Some $5,450.To update and modernize the buildings, the figure doubles, to $542 billion over the next decade.And also, I'm so glad I'm not the only one to feel this way:
"Most of the buildings in this country are over 50 years old and they were not built to last."Yup. Give me one build in 1910 and we'll put a new roof and windows in it.