It's time for federal investment in public school infrastructure

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We have a responsibility to close the gap in public school facility infrastructure. A federal infrastructure bill should be high on the 2019 agenda for the President and Congress. State and local control of facilities will be preserved, but community efforts will be leveraged with federal infrastructure funding. Important legislation has been introduced to aid states and districts in modernizing their deteriorated public school facilities. The Rebuild America’s School Act (HB 865) was introduced into the 116th Congress by Chairman Congressman Bobby Scott from Virginia, and an identical bill, Senate Bill 266, was introduced by Senator Jack Reed from Rhode Island.

BASIC supports a $100 billion federal investment in public school facility infrastructure

 

What is my state's share of the $100 billion over 10 years and how many jobs will this investment create?

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Source: State of Our Schools 2016; Congressional Research Service

 
‘The Senate Democrats’ ‘Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure’ would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs.
— Senate Democrats, January 24, 2017
We are going to fix our inner cities and rebuild our highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, schools, hospitals…We’re going to rebuild our infrastructure, which will become, by the way, second to none.
— President Donald J. Trump, Election Night, November 7, 2016

Organizations Supporting Rebuild America’s School Act

21st Century School Fund, AASA: The School Superintendents Association, American Federation of Teachers, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Library Association, Association of Educational Service Agencies, Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents, Association of School Business Officials International, [Re]Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition, Californians for School Facilities, Center for American Progress, Coalition for Healthier Schools, Council of Chief State School Officers, Council of the Great City Schools, Healthy Schools Network, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers, International Union of Operating Engineers, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council for Impacted Schools, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Council on School Facilities, National Education Association, National Indian Education Association, National Parent Teacher Association, National Rural Education Advocacy Consortium, National Rural Education Association, National Urban League, North America’s Building Trades Union, Organizations Concerned About Rural Education , Public Advocacy for Kids, Rebuild America’s Schools Coalition, Rural School and Community Trust , Teach Plus, The Brick Industry Association, United Steelworkers, U.S. Green Building Council.

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