House Education & Labor Committee Passes Infrastructure Bill
Last week, the committee passed the Rebuild America’s School Act, which would provide about $100 billion for school infrastructure through a combination of $70 billion in direct federal spending for renovation, repairs, and modernization, and $30 billion in tax-credit bonds.
The path forward is far from clear. This bill allows the funds Congress would need to provide the funding via annual appropriations. Given that FY20 discussions will require a sizable funding cap increase to merely preserve level funding, the likelihood of Congress finding another $100 billion is very limited. Stay tuned!
Public Education Week March 25-29, 2019
On March 25th, AESA will be joining with national organizations across the country for Public Schools Week—a week to showcase the great things happening every day in public schools that you serve and show the potential for greater things.
Public education prepares
children to live productive lives. Nine out of every 10 students attend a public school and public schools must serve every child—regardless of ability, religion, wealth, language, country of origin, or need. We understand that by strengthening the public school system we strengthen our democracy.
Public schools are the foundation of a 21st-century democracy that ensures America’s children and youth can contribute to the society, economy, and citizenry of the country.
We congratulate our public school systems for:
· Advancing equity and excellence in public education and implementing continuous improvement and evidence-based practices.
· Ensuring every child has the right to an education that helps them reach their full potential and can attend schools that offer a high-quality educational experience.
· Providing such necessities as counseling, extracurricular activities, and mental health supports that are critical to help students engage in learning.
· Providing inclusive and safe high-quality public schools where children learn to think critically, problem solve and build relationships.
At AESA, we hope that you will celebrate the wide range of educators, school professionals, parents and advocates who work tirelessly to help every student meet their highest potential in your region.
Thank you for all you do to support our great public schools.
Joan Wade, EdD
AESA Executive Director