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Letter to the House in Support of Three Amendments to the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act

May 14, 2009

Dear Representative:


On behalf of the National Education Association’s (NEA) 3.2 million members, we would like to express our support for three amendments offered to the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act (H.R. 2187), scheduled for floor vote this morning:

  • An amendment by Representatives Giffords, and Cleaver, which would require that green roofs and renewable energy systems projects contain an educational display component to help students learn about the project's benefits to the affected school and to the environment.  This would strengthen the underlying bill by adding an important educational link allowing students to understand the impact of the project on their school and community.
  • An amendment Representatives Bright and Green to reserve funding for school districts with significant economic distress or recovering from a natural disaster.  This would build on funding already in the bill for areas hit by selected hurricanes and would recognize the ongoing economic impact of other natural disasters.
  • An amendment by Representatives Griffith and Teague, to allow states to reserve funds for reducing the incidence and effects of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children.  This is an important amendment particularly given the increase in recent years of such illnesses in young children. 

We also urge you to vote YES on final passage of this important legislation, which would help states and local school districts stretch their limited resources, continue essential education programs, equip America’s students to succeed in the 21st century, encourage schools to become more environmentally friendly and energy efficient, and help create more than 100,000 new jobs in construction-related services.

Thank you for your consideration of our views on these important issues.

Sincerely,

Diane Shust
Director of Government Relations

Randall Moody
Manager of Federal Advocacy