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Welcome to Rebuild America's Schools

REBUILD AMERICA’S SCHOOLS MISSION:

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Rebuild America’s Schools is a coalition of national organizations and school districts working to create federal support to help local communities build, renovate and modernize schools. The purpose of Rebuild America’s Schools is to build national and local support for federal school infrastructure initiatives. Rebuild America’s Schools contends that federal partnerships are necessary as local communities struggle to finance, build and modernize school facilities to address the economic and educational challenges of the 21st Century.

Rebuild America’s Schools was organized in 1997 following the release of the General Accounting Office Report documenting the incredible need in every state for improved school facilities. The GAO Report issued in 1996 estimated over $112 billion in unmet construction requirements for existing schools. Additionally, states and local communities also need to build new schools to meet rising enrollments. Subsequent estimates place total school facility needs including technology at over $300 billion.

Support for education and the schools in which our children learn is not a partisan issue. Leaders on both sides of the aisle in Congress care about what happens in our nation’s schools. This bipartisan interest should lead to a commitment of federal resources to help local communities invest in their schools and school facilities. As school districts across the country strive to meet the student achievement objectives of No Child Left Behind, the federal government should help states and local communities modernize America's schools. Modern, up to date, 21st Century schools enhance student achievement and success.

Rebuild America’s Schools has two immediate objectives:

  • To work with the President and Congress to include federal financing to support state and local school facility and modernization efforts among the objectives and accomplishments of the 113th Congress.
  • To continue to build and demonstrate public support for a federal partnership with state and local community efforts to finance the modern school facilities America’s school children must have to successfully achieve and succeed in the 21st Century.
     
 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL!

Tell us about your schoolWhile statistics and facts provide essential information, personal stories are one of the most effective ways to portray the impact of school facility conditions on our children and our communities. Our nation's children deserve modern schools. If you or a member of your family has personal experience with the need for a new or modernized school, please share your story with us. None of the personal information you provide will be used publicly without your prior consent. As all of our resources are devoted to securing federal support for the efforts of local communities to build, renovate and modernize school facilities, we are unable to respond individually to the stories your submit.

     
 

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RAS PRESS RELEASE | February 13, 2013

113th Congress

The 112th Congress finally ended when the House of Representatives adopted a formal resolution of adjournment on January 3rd just one hour before the 113th Congress convened. Rebuild America’s Schools worked throughout the roller coaster fiscal cliff process for the extension of the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program.

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RAS PRESS RELEASE | February, 2013

Federal Update

The Internal Revenue Service just issued the allocations for the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) program for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 provides authorization for QZABs of $400 million for each of calendar years 2012 and 2013. School districts across the county will have $800 million in federal financial support through QZABs to assist in the financing of much need school renovations and repairs.

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RAS PRESS RELEASE | January 3, 2013

112th Congress Lame Duck Session

Congress is meeting in a lame duck post election session to address deficit reduction, tax, revenue and other issues. Extending important existing tax programs including school construction bonds supporting the renovation and repair of school facilities are being reviewed for extension and continuation.

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