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House Passes Public School Facilities Act

Today, the House passed H.R 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act.  The bill authorizes $6.4 billion for school facilities projects, and ensures that school districts will quickly receive funds for school modernization, renovation, and repairs. A school district will receive funding according to the percentage of state dollars that the district receives under Title I, Part A, and each district will receive at least $5,000. To encourage energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources in schools, the bill requires a percentage of funds be used for school improvement projects that meet green building standards.

School libraries will benefit from this bill. The bill states modernization, renovation, or repair of school libraries is an allowable use of funds.  To find out how much each state and school district will receive from this bill check this page.

The American Library Association strongly supports this legislation and thanks Representatives Ben Chandler and Dave Loebsack and Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller for their leadership on this important issue. Modern school libraries will help students gain the skills necessary to achieve and succeed in a 21st century global workforce.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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