By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo has launched a new program to rebuild and modernize schools.

Raimondo established a School Building Authority and its capital fund in the fiscal 2016 budget.

The authority will assess public school facilities statewide and create a plan to prioritize school construction projects.

Raimondo says this is the first statewide assessment of public school facilities in Rhode Island. She spoke about the authority Tuesday at a middle school in Warren.

The budget allocated $20 million to the authority’s capital fund to help local school districts support the construction or renovation of school buildings.

The General Assembly lifted the state’s moratorium on school construction this year.

Raimondo says kids can’t learn in crumbling buildings and they deserve a learning environment that inspires them to do their best.

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