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Sending Office: Honorable Bobby L. Rush
Sent By:
Jourdan.Lewis@mail.house.gov

Dear Colleague:

Please join me in sending the attached letter to the Committee on Appropriations’ Subcommittees on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies; Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies; and Interior, Environment,
and Related Agencies to request robust funding for programs related to infrastructure investment within public schools.

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s infrastructure a “D” rating and estimated that it would need up to $4.5 trillion dollars in improvements. The same report gave school infrastructure a “D” rating as well.  A report from 1996,
which is some of the most recent data collected, suggests half of the country’s public school buildings are in disrepair.  Additionally, recent press reports detail poor classroom conditions, which include extensive mold within facilities, contaminated drinking
water, and other substandard conditions.  The U.S. public school system was developed to make the opportunity to achieve an education accessible to all. The federal government must ensure that its facilities are suitable.

I would appreciate your support of this request.  If you would like more information, please contact Jourdan Lewis in my office (Jourdan.Lewis@mail.house.gov or 5-4372).

Please fill out this form to join the letter by March 6, 2020.

Sincerely,

Bobby L. Rush

Member of Congress

 

 

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Dear Chairwoman DeLauro, Chairman Price, Chair McCollum, Ranking Member Cole, Ranking Member Diaz-Balart, and Ranking Member Joyce:

Our nation’s public school system was developed to make the opportunity to achieve an education accessible to all. To date, teachers within these school systems continue to educate an overwhelming majority of the population despite diminishing resources
and unsettling facility conditions. Therefore, as you work to prioritize FY2021 appropriations in your respective subcommittees, we write to request robust funding for programs related to investment for public school infrastructure.

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s infrastructure a “D” rating and suggested that it would take an estimated $4.5 trillion dollars to improve its most essential pieces. Notably, this report also gave school infrastructure
a “D” rating.  According to the National Council on School Facilities, current public school buildings are in need of up to $500 billion dollars upgrades and repairs. We believe public school infrastructure investment is a critical priority and the urgency
with which we must address this concern is reflected in several legislative priorities introduced in the 116th Congress.

Across the nation, there are a multitude of press reports that detail the shocking conditions in which students are meant to learn.  According to information from 1996 — which is some of the most recent data collected — one half of the country’s public school
buildings are in disrepair.  In the direst cases, these buildings are often without functioning heating or cooling systems, clean drinking water, and healthy indoor air-quality. Additionally, students from low-income and minority communities are more likely
to attend school in these buildings.

U.S. public schools are fundamental to our nation’s pursuit of equal opportunity for its people.  It is crucial that
the federal government ensures that its facilities are suitable and sound. 
Therefore, we, once again, request robust funding for infrastructure projects that will repair and modernize our public school buildings.

Sincerely,

Bobby L. Rush

Member of Congress

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