April 11, 2021

American Jobs Plan for K–14 districts offers billions for new construction

Last week, President Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan, a sweeping infrastructure-focused plan that would spend $2 trillion over the next decade. While much of the plan is focused on structures outside of education, several provisions will be of interest to school and community college districts.

The plan would invest $100 billion to upgrade and build new public schools, through $50 billion in direct grants and an additional $50 billion leveraged through bonds. These funds would first go toward health and safety, such as improving indoor air quality and ventilation. The plan would promote energy-efficient and electrified, resilient, and innovative school buildings. These school facilities would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase green space and clean air. Funds also would be provided to improve school kitchens, to better prepare nutritious meals, and reduce or eliminate the use of paper plates and other disposable materials.

Other funds available will be for workforce development buses, water, and broadband.

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