Cosponsor the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act
President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, released March 31, includes modernizing K-12 public schools, upgrading the community college infrastructure, and improving child care facilities. It’s a good start, but Improvements and increased investments are needed given the magnitude of the challenges we face: 50,000 school buildings that are more than 50 years old, outmoded HVAC systems, and limited access to high-speed broadband sufficient for digital learning, especially in rural areas. NEA supports the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act (S. 96/H.R. 604), which would create a $100 billion grant program and $30 billion tax-credit bond program targeting high-poverty schools whose facilities pose health and safety risks to students and staff. It would also restore Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZABs) that can be used to finance school renovations, repairs, and investments in technology at below-market rates—sometimes, as low as zero.
Email your senators and representative and urge them to cosponsor the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act.