For far too long, America’s public schools have gone chronically underfunded. As a result, many educators and students are stuck with facing unpleasant to hazardous learning environments. On a daily basis, these schools face numerous infrastructure challenges, ranging from moldy ceiling tiles to inoperable heating and cooling systems; and these are only the most minor circumstances.
The Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019, introduced by Rep. Scott (D-VA), Rep. Norcross (D-NJ), and Sen. Reed (D-RI), would leverage federal, state, and local resources to invest more than $100 billion in America’s public schools to make the necessary repairs and renovations in high-poverty schools.
In addition, its provisions would expand access to high-speed broadband to ensure that public schools have reliable and high-speed internet access necessary for digital learning. It also restores Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs), which allows schools to finance their renovations, repairs, and investments in technology at below-market rates and without interest.
The NEA strongly supports the Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019 to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools, and to attain greater educational equity for those in high-poverty and minority serving public schools.