Bobby Scott Proposes $100 Billion for Public Education
Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, led Democratic lawmakers in introducing a proposal to invest more than $100 billion in America’s public schools. The Rebuild America’s Schools Act would fund $70 billion in grants and $30 billion in bonds to help address critical physical and digital infrastructure needs in schools across the country. The measure would also expand access to high-speed broadband to ensure that public schools have the reliable and high-speed Internet access they need for digital learning and develop a comprehensive national database on the condition of public school facilities. Lastly, Scott and his colleagues say the bill would also create more than 1.9 million good-paying jobs. In a recent poll conducted by Politico/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 84% of Democrats and 65% of Republicans said increasing K-12 funding is an “extremely important priority” for the 116th Congress. There is currently a $46 billion nationwide shortfall in annual funding for public school infrastructure. “Students and educators across the country go to school every day in crumbling buildings that are either unsafe, not equipped with essential resources, or both,” said Scott. “The Rebuild America’s Schools Act is an important step toward ensuring that every student, regardless of their family’s wealth, can attend a safe, welcoming, and high-quality public school.” More here.