national overview



Follow the link below to get a snapshot of how states across the country approach the sharing of school and community facilities. Check out this and other resources on joint use from the ChangeLab Solutions and the National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity.


Fifty-state scan of laws addressing community use of schools



Sample State Policies

Arkansas Shared Use Legislation SB1062 (2013): Permits the use of public school facilities for community use, stating that such use “promotes the education, health, and well-being of the communities where schools are located and is an intended purpose for the use of school property under Arkansas Constitution, Article 14, § 2″.

Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant: “Schools and communities that would like to develop Joint Use Agreements can apply for the Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant. The JUA grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by Arkansas’ Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax created by Arkansas Act 180 of 2009. These funds aid schools in adoption and implementation of joint use policy and forming collaborative partnerships with local community resources with the intent of maximizing resources while increasing opportunities for physical activity. Funds are available each fiscal year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended. The JUA is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI).”

Arizona State Statute:  authorizes agreements between cities, counties, and other school districts for construction, cooperative maintenance, operation, use of parks and recreation facilities on property under the control of school districts; also authorizes the expenditure of public money, including use of proceeds of bond issues in communities with populations greater than 5,000 people.

California Education Code: Authorizes local Boards of Education to organize programs of community recreation, establish systems of playgrounds, and operate recreation centers. They may also enter into agreements with the federal government to carry out purposes of this chapter or maintain rec facilities, or may jointly establish a system of recreation. Local Boards of Education may use district buildings, grounds, equipment to carry out the purposes of this chapter or grant use to public authorities for community recreation purposes when their use does not interfere with public school system purposes.

Louisiana State Joint Use Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 95: Louisiana’s Senate Resolution urges the Department of Education to conduct a survey on the number of joint use agreements in place in the state and barriers that prevent schools and cities from entering into joint use agreements. It also requires that the Department of Education issue a report to the Legislature that includes a strategic plan to promote joint use agreements across the state.

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