We Need to Invest in Healthy School Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed just how critical schools are, and it’s time we decide as a country to fully invest in schools—and the students that attend them.

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more than half of schools need multiple building updates. While the release of the report is an important milestone, we now need to advocate for funding so schools can address the issues revealed in the report.

A new House bill aims to do just that. The Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2020 includes $100 billion in grants and $30 billion in bond authority focused on schools in low-income areas. The Act would provide funds directly to schools to update facilities to be in line with CDC guidelines for reopening.