Leaky, moldy roofs. Broken heating and cooling systems that leave classrooms either sweltering or frigid. Outdated ventilation systems and asbestos floor tiles that make the air toxic.
Too many of our students will return to school buildings this fall that are woefully inadequate and are in desperate need of repair.
For too long, certain politicians have denied our schools the funds they need for routine maintenance. Then, when buildings need fixing, they pass the buck on to parents and administrators and tell them to do more with less.
Now we have an opportunity to build the inviting, safe schools that kids deserve.
Leaders in Congress are debating how much money to spend on a federal package to help modernize school buildings.
Our ability to help all schools—urban and rural, from the Sun Belt to the Rust Belt—depends on us speaking up.
With families, educators, and administrators coming together, we can give every student in every school four walls and a roof where water is safe to drink, the air is safe to breathe, and there’s enough space to learn and explore.