July 18th, 2012

California defunds program to fix ‘slum’ schools

California has funded less than half of the $800 million required by a program meant to fix shoddy school facilities, according to our new investigation. Eight years after the Emergency Repair Program grew out of a class-action lawsuit against the state, more than 700 schools are still waiting for their share of funds as students take classes on dilapidated campuses with health and safety hazards.

Read our full investigation here. To find out if your school is waiting on funds from the Emergency Repair Program, see our searchable database

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California Watch, the largest investigative journalism team operating in the state, was launched in 2009 by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Investigative Reporting. Areas of coverage include education, health and welfare, public safety, the environment and the influence of money on the political and regulatory process.