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President proposes infrastructure plan including broadband expansion and school projects

by | Mar 31, 2021 | Federal Issue, Legislative Update Blog | 0 comments

From the NSBA connection: Politico (3/29, Stratford) reports President Joe Biden is expected to unveil new details about his multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plan this week. Biden said during his press conference last week that schools would be a focus of his infrastructure push, noting the decline of the nation’s classrooms: “How many schools where the kids can’t drink the water out of the fountain? How many schools are still in the position where there’s asbestos? How many schools in America we’re sending our kids to don’t have adequate ventilation?” Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), chair of the House education committee, likewise “told state education leaders last week that he expects schools will be part of the infrastructure bill.” According to Politico, “increasing federal funding for school construction isn’t likely to be an area of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.”

According to NPR, the $2 trillion proposal includes:

  • $100 billion to expand high-speed broadband across the entire country;
  • $100 billion to upgrade and build new schools;
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