For many schools, speaking up pays off

Repeatedly over the last two and a half years, Reform Board officials have responded when school principals, local school council members and parents have spoken up for their dilapidated or overcrowded schools. It shows on the bottom line. Following six public hearings last spring on its capital development plan, the board added or accelerated $259 million worth of projects. Only about $55 million, or 20 percent, were put in the “funded” category. However, the board has moved more projects into the sure-thing column in the last several months.