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More than 150 Democrats Ask Trump to Invest in Public School Infrastructure
-- US House of Representatives

National: January 17, 2018 -- Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) and 153 House Democrats sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the administration to invest in the critical infrastructure that affects every city and town in the nation – our public schools. Too many of the more than 50 million students and six million staff who learn and work in our public schools spend their days in facilities that fail to make the grade. “To address this crisis, the federal government should partner with states and territories to ensure that public schools in every community are safe, healthy, and modern – particularly in low-income and rural school districts where the need is often most profound. This is the right thing to do for students, teachers, and communities. It is also a smart investment, since it will give a needed boost to our economy by creating local jobs in every community across the country,” the members wrote. “According to recent economic analysis, every $1 billion dollars invested in construction creates nearly 18,000 jobs. That means a federal investment in school infrastructure of $100 billion would yield an estimated 1.8 million jobs that are high-paying and immediately available.” Democrats have already introduced legislation in the House that would create such a partnership, providing $100 billion for direct grants and low-cost financing to help states and local communities upgrade their school facilities.


Reed, Murkowski Lead Letter Urging Trump Administration to Bolster Public School Infrastructure
-- US Senate

National: January 17, 2018 -- In an effort to rebuild and modernize public schools, boost student achievement, and grow the nation’s economy, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), who both serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, are leading a bipartisan effort to urge President Trump to create a federal-state partnership to invest in the infrastructure of the nation’s public schools. The Senators say public schools are essential to the fabric of our communities and investing in 21st Century schools should be a key piece of a bipartisan infrastructure proposal. In a bipartisan letter sent to the White House today, Reed, Murkowski, and 23 of their Senate colleagues note: “safe, healthy, modern, well-equipped schools are essential for advancing student achievement and for ensuring that the next generation can achieve the American Dream and meet the economic, social, environmental, and global challenges our nation faces.” Reed has introduced the School Building Improvement Act (S. 1674), which would help provide $100 billion in federal grants and school construction bonds over the next decade to help build and renovate schools. By providing states with grants and low-cost bonds to meet their school construction and modernization needs, the bill would help strengthen communities and create an estimated 1.8 million jobs, while also laying the foundation for better schools, smart growth, and a brighter future. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representative by Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In their letter to President Trump, the lawmakers state: “the federal government should consider partnering with states on innovative financing mechanisms to help every community ensure their schools are safe, healthy, and modern, particularly in low-income and rural school districts where the need is often most profound. This is the right thing to do for students, educators, and communities. It is also a smart investment, since it will give a needed boost to our economy by creating local jobs in every community across the country. According to a recent economic analysis, every $1 billion dollars invested in construction creates nearly 18,000 jobs. That means, for example, that a federal investment in school infrastructure of $100 billion would yield an estimated 1.8 million jobs.”


Foster City school construction proceeds, with hurdles ahead
-- Austin Walsh, The Daily Journal

California: January 16, 2018 -- San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District officials took a pivotal step toward development of a new Foster City campus despite serious concerns looming over the project budget. The district Board of Trustees unanimously agreed Thursday, Jan. 11, to certify the environmental impact report for the proposed redevelopment of the Charter Square shopping center into Foster City’s fourth elementary school.


School projects in Petersburg in line for state maintenance money
-- Joe Viechnicki, KFSK.org

Alaska: January 15, 2018 -- Petersburg’s school district has been notified it should be receiving some state funding for projects, some that have already been completed and one that’s already started. Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter reported that news to the school board this week. On a radio call in show Tuesday, Kludt-Painter explained that these are projects the district applied for state funding for several years ago.


Asset or eyesore--what can happen to old schools no longer needed
-- Dave Franzman, KCRG.com

Iowa: January 15, 2018 -- Cedar Rapids school board members have a far-reaching and potentially costly decision coming up next week. The question is whether to close eight elementary school buildings and rebuild ten others. It’s all part of a Master Facilities plan in the works for months. But if board members opt for the rebuilding plan what happens to all the school buildings after the last student leaves?


BG schools uncertain of future of facilities
-- Marie Thomas Baird, Sentinel-Tribune

Ohio: January 15, 2018 -- The next step for Bowling Green school facilities is still uncertain, as is when the district will return with another request of taxpayers. After a 2-hour workshop Monday, the only definitive decision was that the district couldn't afford to do nothing about its aging schools. "If this community supports education, we're falling short," said Superintendent Francis Scruci.


With a price cap proposed, North Stonington school building project on track to break ground in February
-- Charles Clark, The Day

Connecticut: January 14, 2018 -- North Stonington — Over a year and a half after the town approved a $38.5 million project to renovate the town's schools, the project is nearing the end of its planning stage and town officials expect to break ground next month. On Tuesday the Board of Selectmen will vote on a proposed guaranteed maximum price — or GMP — for the project provided by the School Modernization Building Committee. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Wheeler High School media center. The proposed GMP of $33,875,455 is lower than the maximum approved in the resolution the town passed back in May 2016.


As shock settles, communities of four soon-to-be-closed schools look forward
-- Seth Klamann, Casper Star Tribune

Wyoming: January 14, 2018 -- Nearly three months after the school board voted to close four Casper-area schools, the frustration among parents has quieted to a simmer. There are more than 700 students and more than 100 staff members who will be displaced in five months. More urgent than the frustration is the need to decide what’s next. For James Chesnut and his two daughters, both students at Willard Elementary, what comes next is Arizona. A California native, Chesnut had wanted to leave Casper for a while. The closure of Willard, which will shutter at the end of this academic year, gave him and his wife the final push.


It's past time for state leaders to replace aging school buses
-- Greenville Online

South Carolina: January 14, 2018 -- When it comes to paying for school buses, state officials have been kicking the can down the road for years. The result, as outlined by Paul Hyde in a special report last week in The Greenville News and Anderson Independent Mail, means an aging bus fleet in dire need of replacement vehicles. It is past time for state officials to find a permanent solution to fund sorely needed replacement buses. The patchwork approach isn’t working. On Tuesday, state senators are expected to vote on whether to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s decision last year to veto $20.5 million in funding for the purchase of school buses. McMaster said he did so because it would have meant using state lottery proceeds, which he prefers to use for college scholarships.


Stratford Town Council marks Center School for demolition
-- John Burgeson, Connecticut Post

Connecticut: January 14, 2018 -- STRATFORD — The Town Council has taken action on a pressing item that was tabled since July 11, 2016 — what to do with Center School on Sutton Place, an unused, 3-acre site that many have eyed as the perfect place for downtown shops, housing and a parking garage. Now that dream is a step closer to reality, after the council agreed last week to move forward on decontaminating and demolishing the school, which opened in 1970.

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