Friday, September 9, 2011

Americans Jobs Act: Billions for green schools

President Barack Obama’s new jobs bill may not be called the American Green Jobs Act, but it does include a $30 billion proposal for modernizing schools. According to a White House Fact Sheet on the American Jobs Act:
The President is proposing a $25 billion investment in school infrastructure that will modernize at least 35,000 public schools – investments that will create jobs, while improving classrooms and upgrading our schools to meet 21st century needs. This includes a priority for rural schools and dedicated funding for Bureau of Indian Education funded schools. Funds could be used for a range of emergency repair and renovation projects, greening and energy efficiency upgrades, asbestos abatement and removal, and modernization efforts to build new science and computer labs and to upgrade technology in our schools. The President is also proposing a $5 billion investment in modernizing community colleges (including tribal colleges), bolstering their infrastructure in this time of need while ensuring their ability to serve future generations of students and communities.
Video of President Obama's jobs speech:

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