Rep. Jamaal Bowman and Sen. Ed Markey’s Green New Deal for Public Schools would invest $1.6 trillion over 10 years to provide healthy, green upgrades to every K-12 public school in the nation while comprehensively addressing environmental and racial inequity. It’s also popular, with the most endorsements of any Green New Deal bill in Congress! According to , this legislation would create 1.3 million good paying jobs annually and reduce carbon emissions by 78 million metric tons each year— that’s as much as taking 17 million gas-powered cars off the road.
The Green New Deal for Public Schools recognizes that public schools are centers of communities in everyday life and builds on this legacy by directing federal investments to school buildings and districts that are the most vulnerable to economic marginalization, environmental injustice, and educational inequity – a reality that has only worsened in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic for far too many school districts. This ambitious investment in public education would include:
All school districts and schools will be eligible to apply for facility and resource block grants. Regional districts that create regional equity plans are eligible for annual equity awards. However, the Green New Deal for Public Schools prioritizes the districts with median poverty rates in the bottom third of the nation and districts in the bottom third of local contributions to per-pupil expenditures.