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Education group says investing in school buildings can help repair state's ailing economy


PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — An education advocacy organization says investing in school buildings will create construction jobs and stimulate the economy.

The Rhode Island Campaign for Achievement Now released a report on how repairing school buildings can repair the economy.

The state has a moratorium on school building construction. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has called for investing in school infrastructure and lifting the moratorium.

The report says schools have deferred $600 million in facilities maintenance since 2011 and it would cost $1.8 billion to bring all existing district schools into good condition, not including new construction costs.

The organization says lifting the moratorium and improving facilities financing policies will help put Rhode Islanders back to work and ensure that students have high-quality learning environments.

It says many construction workers were unemployed in 2014.

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