WASHINGTON, D.C. — (RealEstateRama) — Democrats introduced the Rebuild America’s Schools Act on Wednesday with $100 billion for schools in high-poverty areas of our nation. Schools in the Marianas and other U.S. insular areas are particularly in need of repair and rebuilding. Even before typhoons Mangkhut and Yutu struck the Marianas and Hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the U.S. Virgin Islands, an Army Corps of Engineers study put the cost of deferred maintenance at island schools at $177 million.
The Rebuild America’s Schools Act sets aside $350 million for island schools. The last big investment by the federal government in Marianas public schools was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, when the Democrats were last in the majority. $44.4 million went to modernize classrooms, strengthen technology infrastructure, and pay teachers in 2009. Ten years later, it is time for more investment in our schools. The Rebuild America’s Schools Act, H.R. 865, will be one of the first bills the Education and Labor Committee marks up in this Congress.
Source: Congressman Sablan