"What kind of message do we send our students and teachers when we send them into rundown, overcrowded schools? As we enter this new century, let's show our children that they are our priority. Let's build schools for them."
Secretary Riley, July 4, 2000
On August 21st, Secretary Riley will release the fifth annual Baby Boom Echo Report. The report tracks the effects on America's schools of the tremendous increase in the number of children attending our nation's schools and will project future increases to 2010. As a result, many of our schools are overcrowded and deteriorating, and the sight of portable classrooms filling up school playgrounds is increasingly common.
In light of the recent enrollment growth described in the Baby Boom Echo Report, many communities throughout the United States face an urgent need for school modernization, renovation and repair to accommodate rising enrollments. This need for school construction and modernization is being felt by urban, suburban, and rural schools alike, and by communities in all regions of the country. In an effort to emphasize this growing need Secretary Riley has declared the Week of August 21-28 as Building Better Schools Week.