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Viewpoints: Exposing California's costly school construction secret

Eric Hogue, SACRAMENTO BEE

Friday, July 22, 2011

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The National University System Institute for Policy Research has just released the findings of what is the most expansive study regarding school construction costs in state history. Using cost data provided by school districts across California and statistical analysis validated by the University of Southern California Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, they concluded that districts that have adopted special union-only agreements – commonly known as "project labor agreements" – are paying 13 percent to 15 percent more to build schools than if they used a traditional competitive bidding process.