The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee once again has passed the 21st Century Green High Performing Public School Facilities Act. The legislation would authorize $6.4 billion for school renovation and modernization projects for fiscal year 2010. The full House passed the legislation last year, but the Senate never acted on the bill.
The funding would enable school systems to build modern, more healthful and environmentally friendly classrooms.
"For too long, students and teachers have suffered in school buildings that are literally crumbling, posing direct threats to their safety, health and learning," said U.S. Rep. George Miller, chairman of the committee. "This legislation presents us with a vital opportunity to help boost student achievement, enhance teachers' effectiveness, and create good jobs that transition us toward a clean energy economy."