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A worker finishes up for the day at the Cardoza Senior High School, as renovations are under way, March 11, in Washington. America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost $271 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions.

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Half trillion need to update nation's schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date, a report released Tuesday estimated. In a foreword to the report, former President Bill Clinton said “we are still struggling to provide equal opportunity” to children and urged the first federal study of school buildings in almost two decades.

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