It's time for federal investment in public school infrastructure

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We have an historic opportunity to close the gap in public school facility infrastructure. A federal infrastructure bill is high on the 2018-19 political agenda for the President and Congress. State and local control of facilities can be preserved and community efforts leveraged with federal infrastructure funding like in Senate Bill 1674 and House Bill 2475.

We support a one-time $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

Growing Support for Bipartisan Legislation

Over 150 House members and 25 Senators expressed support in two accompanying letters to President Trump for the inclusion of school facilities in any infrastructure package (House letter / Senate letter). This comes as 109 House members cosponsored House Bill 2475 introduced by Rep. Bobby Scott (VA),  and 14 Senators cosponsored Senate Bill 1674 introduced by Sen. Jack Reed (RI). Both of these bills would provide $100 billion in federal grants and school construction bonds and would create an estimated 1.8 million construction jobs nationwide. The Senate Democrats’ infrastructure plan includes $50 billion for public schools.


HR 2475 Supporting Organizations: 21st Century School Fund, AASA:The School Superintendents Association, American Federation of Teachers, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Association of School Business Officials International, Californians for School Facilities, Center for American Progress, Coalition for Healthier Schools, Council of the Great City Schools, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, National Council for Impacted Schools, 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, North America’s Building Trades Union, Rebuild America’s Schools Coalition, Teach Plus, United Steelworkers, U.S. Green Building Council.

S 1674 Supporting Organizations: American Federation of Teachers, American Library Association, Association of School Business Officials International, Californians for School Facilities, Council of Chief State School Officers, Council of the Great City Schools, International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, International Union of Operating Engineers, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National Parent Teacher Association, North America’s Building Trades Unions, Public Advocacy for Kids, Rebuild America’s Schools,

 

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