More than 20 million schoolchildren nationwide attend schools that are falling apart or ill-equipped for classroom computers, the nation's largest teachers union says in a report calling on states to pony up their budget surpluses.

In its report, released May 3, the National Education Association (NEA) says states need $322 billion for school construction—roughly 10 times what they currently spend, and nearly three times what the federal government has estimated they need. The General Accounting Office, the research and investigative arm of Congress, has estimated that the nation's schools need $112 billion for repair and update of


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