America’s schools are in such disrepair that it would cost more than $270 billion just to get elementary and secondary buildings back to their original conditions and twice that to get them up to date, a report released Tuesday estimated. In a foreword to the report, former President Bill Clinton said “we are still struggling to provide equal opportunity” to children and urged the first federal study of school buildings in almost two decades.

School Maintenance Report Shows Need For $542 Billion To Update, Modernize Buildings (via world-shaker)

Add this to ed the $1.6T estimated in 2010 to upgrade out aging infrastructure (bridges, roads, interstates,  railroads, and ports, and you can see what the Federal government should do. We should borrow the money – interest rates are at an all-time low for the US right now – and rebuilt the US infrastructure for the 21st century, including new schools.

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