Connolly Joins Bowman, 30+ House Democrats to Introduce Green New Deal for Public Schools
Today, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) joined Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and 30+ of their colleagues in introducing the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act.
The ambitious new legislation — which aims to invest $1.43 trillion over 10 years in public schools and infrastructure to combat climate change — would make a transformative and unprecedented investment in public school infrastructure by upgrading every public school building in the country, addressing historical harms and inequities by focusing support on high-need schools, and hiring and training hundreds of thousands of additional educators and support staff. If enacted, the legislation would fund 1.3 million jobs per year and eliminate 78 million metric tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 17 million cars off the road.
The Green New Deal for Public Schools proposes $1.43 trillion in new funding over 10 years, including the following distribution of resources:
Original co-sponsors of the legislation are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA), Cori Bush (D-MO), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), Jesús G. "Chuy" García (D-IL), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ro Khanna (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Andy Levin (D-MI), Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Thomas R. Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Mark Takano (D-CA), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), Juan Vargas (D-CA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Peter Welch (D-VT), Nikema Williams (D-GA), and Frederica Wilson (D-FL).
Organizations endorsing the Green New Deal for Public Schools include American Federation of Teachers, Sunrise Movement, EduColor, Alliance for Quality Education, Justice Democrats, Climate Justice Alliance, Green New Deal Network, People's Action, Center for Popular Democracy, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, Democratic Socialists of America, Working Families Party, Indivisible, Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, Jobs with Justice, NY Renews, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Green Latinos, Future Coalition, March for Our Lives, Friends of the Earth US, Sierra Club, Greenpeace USA, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), Progressive Democrats of America, and 350.org.
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