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House votes to provide $130 billion for school modernization

By a vote of 233-188, the House passed the Moving Forward Act (H.R. 2), which now includes the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act that provides significant support for modernizing public schools. Specifically, the bill would create a $100 billion grant program that targets high-poverty schools and a $30 billion tax-credit bond program for repairing, renovating, and modernizing school facilities that pose health and safety risks to students and staff. It would also provide $5 billion in funding to help close the digital divide and equip more students to go online. Nationwide, as many as 12 million students—1 in 5—are unable to do schoolwork at home due to lack of internet access. Now it is time for the Senate to act.

Email your senators and tell them to support the Moving Forward Act.

20 responses to “House votes to provide $130 billion for school modernization

  1. It is about time kids who are left behind the digital divide will receive a pittance of assistance for internet access.

    And perhaps we can paint the walls of a few classrooms.

  2. I strongly support the moving forward act. Our children and teachers deserve safe and healthy buildings. Every school I have taught in has had a problem with the air quality. It has made teachers and students sick, resulting in respiratory conditions, and absences for both teachers and students. This has made the teaching and learning environment very challenging.

  3. I also added information to the letter.
    I don’t always read the replies that are made available to us, an don’t normally write a comment, but today I did/am – to say I feel proud to be included among you who – Sonja, Quincy, Clorinda, Abby – have invested, like me, their life and career (35+ years) in education. We’ve seen lots, and in writing our representatives are (continuing to) use our voices to express our views and try to make a difference.
    This bill passed the House primarily on party lines of voting. I had already written to my Representative (Holding) asking he support the bill – he did not. Now we are asking our Senators to support this bill. I encourage us all to continue to use our voices and ask or elected leaders to lead – to use their voices to better provide what is needed for our students and public education in North Carolina.

  4. Please support the Moving Forward Act. My 8th graders in the South Bronx can use all the support they can get. Please.

  5. In over 3 decades as an educator, I have witnesses the inequities in resources, modernization, health and safety risks in all high-poverty schools in which I’ve had taught — whether it be inner city schools, rural schools, Title I schools, overseas. Even more prosperous communities will have students that lack these resources. Let’s truly provide for the students’ needs and foster a solid, future community!

  6. I also added a lot to the letter, in the middle:

    “My senators are only 4-6 years older than I am, which means you remember what happened to our schools in the 1970’s. Our parents and grandparents, coming out of World War II, were determined to give the baby boom generation peaceful and prosperous childhoods. The efforts became even more urgent after Sputnik in the 1957. Schools were built, sports facilities, science labs, and music rooms were well equipped for the new generation. National Defense Student Loans for college students were designed to have the loans forgiven if a graduate spent 5 years as a teacher. The schools benefited.

    However, the baby boom didn’t last forever, we lost lives and funds in Vietnam, and thus in the mid 1970’s, schools began to close. By the time the younger Boomers and Gen X reached junior high, sports programs were curtailed, bands and orchestras were cut back, and building repairs were put off. In 1978, Proposition 13 changed the funding of California’s schools, destroying school systems which had been among the best in the nation. This was exacerbated when President Reagan was elected. Tax cuts became more important than local communities and schools. The NDSL, which became Pell Grants, forgave loans only if the college graduate taught at a Title I school, with students in poverty.
    Frankly, being on the border of Boomers/Gen X, I do not remember a time in which education was put first. In the 1970’s and 80’s, my mother attended referendum meetings trying to keep school programs from being cut and class sizes increased. More often than not, referendums failed. Many districts’ school sports added fees, and thus the lower income students lost opportunities. Sports are a financial crunch for the middle class now.

    The government mantra of my childhood education was, ‘We are cutting budgets. We cannot afford (building repairs, uncrowded classes, track, band, etc.) it.”
    Please support the Moving Forward Act. Perhaps we can break our nation’s 45-year habit of putting schools last, so that ALL children will have good educational opportunities no matter their zip codes.

  7. If we went to the schools most in need of repair, who do you think we will find in those classrooms? Where are those classrooms? We can not afford to not take action.

  8. Having taught for 40 years, I can attest to the importance of safe, clean and well equipped schools. This legislation is long overdue.

  9. I added text about the condition of heating and ventilation systems, as the movement of air seems to play an important factor in the transmission of COVID19.

  10. Support all us for the health and safety of our future leaders. Our present student and future of the USA. The children of today are the adults of the future with their creativity and innovative ideas will make the difference in our future but we need to protect them today.

  11. I cannot add much to the ASCE statement. But I think this is yet another example of how the U.S. is sliding in the view of the rest of the developed world. Shame on us.

    1. Support all us for the health and safety of our future leaders. Our present student and future of the USA.

  12. And…someone in education for over 40 years should know. I will just add, “We reap what we sow”!

  13. I added a lot to the letter.
    I have worked in education for over 40 years. I have watched as are once fairly nice school have been poorly maintained and our new schools built with the shabbiest materials by the lowest and sometimes by incompetent builders!
    As I look at other public building-all of which are air conditioned and up to code- I am appalled by many schools, both in my district and across the state . Our children’s place of “work” should be the best, not the worst. And I won’t even start about the inequities of suburban vs urban and rural schools!!!!!!
    Keep sending me letters and I will also forward them to my colleagues.

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