Schools Included as Part of Infrastructure Spending Discussions

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to President Trump ahead of a meeting on infrastructure. Among the priorities identified in the letter was school infrastructure. Pelosi and Schumer wrote:

“To truly be a gamechanger for the American people, we should go beyond transportation and into broadband, water, energy, schools, housing and other initiatives.”

Noting and promoting schools as essential infrastructure is vital for accelerating the initiatives and updates needed to protect the nation’s students, teachers, and other school employees. There has been some legislative movement in Washington. As Education Week recently reported:

House Democrats have introduced legislation that would authorize federal aid for school repair, construction, and modernization. Earlier this year, the House education committee backed legislation to provide $100 billion for K-12 infrastructure, including $70 billion in direct federal spending. 

The House bill may change, and if passed, the Senate’s potential response is unknown. Nevertheless, school infrastructure is a priority, and it is a step in the right direction to consider schools among the country’s most valuable assets.

Read the full letter.