Center for American Progress

: Investing in K-12 Infrastructure To Build Back Better
Past Event

Investing in K-12 Infrastructure To Build Back Better

Exploring the Need for Healthy Green Schools

Center for American Progress
5:00 - 6:00 PM EDT

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for dedicated federal funding to adequately and equitably update school infrastructure. K-12 infrastructure upgrades are necessary for the safe reopening of schools during the pandemic and crucial to securing long-term education, climate, economic, and social justice benefits. President Joe Biden has called for investing in resilient, clean energy schools in his Build Back Better agenda and included federal spending for school infrastructure in his American Jobs Plan. Congress now has an opportunity through economic recovery legislation to provide school districts with the capital funding they need to build safe and healthy schools for generations of students to come.

Please join the Center for American Progress and experts from across the education field to discuss the importance of federal funding for school infrastructure in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond; the health and learning benefits of investing in school infrastructure; school budgets and financing sources; and the clean energy opportunities that schools can access with the right support, all through an equity and social justice lens.

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at or on Twitter using #QualityEdChat. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Keynote speaker:
Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA)

Rhys Clemmons, Middle School Science Teacher, Chicago, Illinois
Mary Filardo, Executive Director, 21st Century School Fund
Gilbert Rosas, Energy Education Specialist, Stockton Unified School District
Lee Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Jobs National Resource Center

Laura Jimenez, Director of Standards and Accountability, K-12 Education, Center for American Progress