The gymnasium at Nelson Elementary, a PreK-5 school in Muskegon that was erected in 1929 and currently houses around 330 students.

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One of many outdated auditoriums in buildings throughout the Hamtramck public-school district.

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Side-by-side photos offer stark contrasts between the auditoriums at Hamtramck (left) and Birmingham Groves high schools.

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A modest sports "Wall of Fame" decorates the hallway at the lone schoolhouse in Rudyard.

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Gaping sinkholes such as this one outside the J Building of Muskegon High constitute the sort of overlooked capital repairs that many tax-poor districts cannot afford to make.

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Muskegon Public Schools has outdated playground equipment and crumbling athletic fields.

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An intricate Birmingham Public Schools ropes course, located at Birmingham Seaholm High, stands in stark contrast to the worn playscapes available to Muskegon schoolchildren.

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Hamtramck teacher Rhonda Leschner calls the water-damaged wall in her classroom her "Jackson Pollack," after the abstract painter, because of how the color has faded in various spots.

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Because bulletin board space at Beecher High School is precious, students' college acceptance letters adorn the school's cinder-block walls.

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Plaster peels and flakes off of the walls of the 1960s-era auditorium at Muskegon High School. Plaster has not been replaced since the wing of the school was constructed.

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Kirk Carlson, graduate of Muskegon High School and now the school's theater teacher and stage manager, stands at the entrance to the outdated auditorium--which desperately needs new lighting but is burdened by an antiquated system that cannot accommodate cost-efficient LED bulbs.

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Bleachers crumble at the field around Nelson Elementary School in Muskegon.

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In the high-school chemistry lab at Rudyard, a roof leak has rendered one of the lab stations unusable.

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An aging trainer's table sits near the high-school boys' locker room inside the Rudyard school. The entire locker area is in desperate need of renovation.

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Damaged signage welcomes arrivals to the single K-12 building in Rudyard where the more than 800 students are educated. The building also houses the district’s administrative offices.

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Elsa Nilay, a senior at Hamtramck High School, helps direct the school's daily news programming. A makeshift green screen stretches across a wall to her left.

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Holes and ripped seams pock the playing field shared by schools in the Hamtramck Public Schools district.

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Special-education students in Sodus Township District #5 learn behind a temporary partition that demarcates a small classroom set up on a stage at the school. The classroom must be dismantled and reassembled each time the school uses the stage for a production.

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Contrasting photos show the differences between the swimming pools at Birmingham Groves High School (left) and Rudyard.

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