By Harley Long Posted October 12, 2011
A White House press release said, “The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) graded the condition of the public school infrastructure and awarded the United States a ‘D’. The average public school building in the United States is around 40 years old, and many are older than that.
The American Jobs Act will provide 168.4 million dollars to Nevada schools and 2,200 jobs for K-12 teachers.
The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools. This investment will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. Funds can be used for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, and asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade the technology infrastructure in our schools.”
The President’s plan is also proposing we invest $30 billion in enhancing the condition of our nation’s public schools and community colleges. This money will fund a range of critical repairs and needed renovation projects that would put hundreds of Americans (construction workers, engineers, maintenance staff, boiler repair, and electrical workers, etc.) back to work, and it will help modernize at least 35,000 public schools. Schools spend over $6 billion annually on their energy bills, more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined.