WHEN the public-school bells ring, 30 million youthful Americans respond. This army of young people--more than one- fifth of the Nation--receive their education in structures ranging from little, antiquated one-room schoolhouses to huge, complex buildings containing auditoriums, gymnasiums, laboratories, shops, and cafeterias as well as classrooms.
A few years ago America faced an acute shortage of school facilities. Since two out of every five schools in the country had been built before the turn of the century, a large number of the buildings were obsolescent. Many of these were unsafe, unsanitary, and dangerously susceptible to fire. Others, in addition, failed to provide for recreation, vocational education,
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Publication information: Book title: America Builds: The Record of PWA. Contributors: Public Works Administration - OrganizationName. Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1939. Page number: 127.
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