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Tell Congress we need to rebuild America’s schools

It’s been nearly a year since NEA President Lily Eskelsen García helped call attention to the pressing need to modernize public schools and the Rebuild America’s Schools Act (S. 266/H.R. 865) passed out of the House Education and Labor Committee. The average public school building is 44 years old. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the condition of America’s 100,000 public school buildings an overall grade of D+. We need action now!


Tell your representatives to support the Rebuild America’s Schools Act.

24 responses to “Tell Congress we need to rebuild America’s schools

  1. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker and his Republican gang slashed millions from public schools. They also stole millions from public schools and gave the money to unaccountable vouchers and charters. Betsy DeVos had a hand in this. She paid lobbyists to lobby for vouchers, and she donates millions to Scott Walker and the other Republicans. Tony Evers was the head of the State Dept. of Public Instruction, so he knew what was going on. When he was elected governor, he put forward the People’s Budget, written by listening to people at hearings he held around the state, and which restored much of what walker had cut. But Republicans voted it down. But Republicans passed (and Walker signed) lame duck laws that kept him from reversing Walker’s damage. Gov. Evers used his partial veto to add funding for schools. Now the Republicans have a bill, a Constitutional Amendment, to take away the partial veto power.

  2. North Carolina public schools desperately need upgrading or better yet torn down to make room for newer and more cost efficient schools. It is depressing to still see the use of quonset huts-truly a safety issue. Public schools have been under attack for several decades with underfunding and segregating those who can afford school from those who can’t by pushing for Charter and private schools. As a former educator I felt that too often politicians or those with no experience in education were determining the fate of public education. It is my hope that an educator will take the helm as the Secretary of Education in 2020!

  3. Since early in our history when America began providing public schools and requiring all young people to attend until a certain age, we have remained blind to the major source of discrepancies of school quality provided to different segments of younger generations. This is due to vastly unequal budgets supporting local schools: so long as city or county taxes are the source of school financing, schools in poor communities will give kids there a second-rate education, dooming a disproportionate percentage of these to a life destined to below-average income. And thus we see ongoing the structure that perpetuates the relationship of poverty and race. The Federal government MUST develope programs to provide equally good facilities and staffs for kids in all segments of our population.

  4. We are in the 21st Century but our schools are for the most part in the 19th Century or worse. Why is that? Our students and our professionals deserve all the help they can get to keep the standards and the Every Student Succeeds Act passed into Law afloat. One can not survive now in the environment and working conditions they are forced to learn and teach in if you do not have the infrastructure and tools to do so. Let’s REBUILD our future with Public Schools being the priority to meet the needs of all our students in the 21st Century. Thank you and Let’s get started NOW!!!

  5. Please help to rebuild America’s school. Our schools should be brought into the 21st Century. It doesn’t matter the location of the school-All schools should be equal. All schools deserve funding to modernize the buildings.

  6. Knowledge is power, we need to keep knowledge in the hands of our future! It is a travesty that in a country so rich, we have this problem of the deterioration of public school facilities and systems. If in fact our government works to serve its people, our government should be the first to step up to support the EQUITABLE learning/knowledge of our future. We all know quality drops when profits are involved. Learning and students will become secondary. Don’t let our future become secondary to profits. We need to step up as a driving force against this at town halls, public forums, and in our representative’s emails. I know many of our representative’s ears are closed, but some are listening. It takes a small drip of water to start a flood. We need to get flooding!

    1. I urge you to help p[ass legislation that will modernize our schools and afford our students the opportunity to become competitive graduates.

  7. Let’s counter every way we can the destructive actions of Betsy DeVos, who instead of supporting our public schools and education, is undermining and actually trying to eliminate our public schools.

    We need our schools to stay public and supported by our government taxes. Caring for the common good is a priority. I do not support schools being run for the profit of the elite!

  8. Public schools should be the priority so that every child can receive the best possible education to help them provide for their future families.

  9. The public schools are what made America what it is today..This is Trump’s way of ruining USA. He mus be stopped!

  10. As a retired educator since 1980…. I am seeing progressive movements in our(Ionia Public School) district…. but it’s slow going and not well compensated. Progression in education I see comes at the cost of ANY pay increases given to educators. As I retired in June 2019, there hadn’t been a cost of living pay increase to staff for well over 8 years… although our medical pay in increased in debt EVERY year!!!
    One way to improve our schools is to seek out and hire the BEST… but very few of those folks are entering the education field.. due to draws of financial security in other lucrative careers!

  11. Our children and teachers, need a healthy environment in which they can teach, thrive and learn. Old buildings contaminated with asbestos, roofing, and plumbing issues need to be corrected. Some of these buildings are beyond repair they may need to be rebuilt. Our children are our future. Lets bring progress and positive action to our communities..

  12. I work in an elementary school in Greater Cleveland. I would like to see school buildings be made safe and healthy for students throughout the country.

  13. Let’s counter every way we can the destructive actions of Betsy DeVos, who instead of supporting our public schools and education, is undermining and actually trying of eliminate our public schools.

    1. We need our schools to stay public and supported by our government taxes. Caring for the common good is a priority. I do not support schools being run for the profit of the elite!

      1. We are in the 21st Century but our schools are for the most part in the 19th Century or worse. Why is that? Our students and our professionals deserve all the help they can get to keep the standards and the Every Student Succeeds Act passed into Law afloat. One can now so that in the environment and working conditions they are forced to learn and teach in if you do not have the infrastructure and tools to do so. Let’s Rebuild our future with Public Schools for all that meet the needs of all our students in the 21st Century. Thank you and let’s get started NOW.

    2. Betsy DeVos is totally unqualified to hold the position of Secretary of Education. She understands nothing about public education, nor does she care. Education is just another source to make money for investors in this corrupt environment of authoritarianism and uncontrolled capitalism. Capitalism is fine for production of goods, but it is terrible for issues such as healthcare and education, neither of which should be viewed as just another source of profit. Socialism and capitalism can and must work together.

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