WASHINGTON, DC ( release ) The U.S. Education Department, in advance of remarks today by Secretary Arne Duncan on the proposed American Jobs Act, spotlighted a new report by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that Buffalo and other urban school systems face substantial, costly repairs to deteriorating buildings and classrooms.
According to the report, Buffalo needs substantial resources including:
-- $150 million for renovation, repair and modernization of its schools. And,
-- $50 million to pay for deferred maintenance at schools.
Under the American Jobs Act, the administration estimates that New York could receive $2.0 billion for modernization efforts to rebuild crumbling buildings and classes, which could help Buffalo begin work on long overdue upgrades to schools and classrooms.
“Our children only get one shot at a good education. They deserve better than crumbling school buildings and half-century-old science labs. This report is further proof that Buffalo’s schools critically need the funds proposed by the President in the American Jobs Act,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. “The Act will provide billions for school modernization, which will help give our children the world-class education they deserve.”
Some of the nation’s largest school districts have some of the country’s oldest and most overcrowded school buildings. The President’s American Jobs Act plan will invest $30 billion in enhancing the condition of these schools—with $25 billion going to K-12 schools for repair, renovation and modernization. While this bill would help finance long overdue repairs, it would also create needed jobs and help put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work.
The report released today surveyed 50 of the largest school districts in the country to determine the scope and scale of repairing and upgrading facilities. The survey determined that the school districts have substantial construction, renovation, modernization and deferred maintenance needs because of the age and size of school buildings, shifting populations, and the need to devote resources to instructional personnel to meet their core academic mission.
For more on the American Jobs Act of 2011, see http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/legislative/reports/american-jobs-act.pdf.