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RSVP for our Green New Deal for Public Schools Rally at Rep. Sylvia Garcia’s Office- Thursday, September 23, at 5:30 pm.
It’s time for a revolution in public education! The Green New Deal for Public Schools will invest $1.4 trillion over ten years in America’s public K-12 schools, reversing years of toxic neglect and systemic racism to build a healthy learning environment for every student—regardless of zip code—and move us towards the carbon-free, climate-resilient communities of tomorrow.
On July 15, 2021, Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) unveiled the Green New Deal for Public Schools Act , introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives alongside 32 cosponsors (49, as of Sept. 10, 2021). Along with The Democratic Socialists of America’s Green New Deal Campaign Committee and teacher unions nationwide, we’re taking a “whole child” approach to building better public schools. This looks like:
$486 billion towards Green Facilities
The bill will fully fund green retrofits for the highest-need schools, and offer grants and low-interest loans for others. This initiative will remove mold, asbestos, and other common toxic materials, eliminate 78 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, and engage students in work around sustainability.
$250 billion towards Resource Increases
The bill will fund 1.3 million jobs per year, including expanded social service programming and curriculum development at high-need schools. The funding will allow Local Educational Agencies across the country to hire and train hundreds of thousands of educators and support staff. By providing resources for the highest need public schools we can redress decades of systemic racism and opportunity gaps for Black and Latinx students.
$695 billion for Accessibility
The bill will directly quadruple Title I funding to support school districts with students living in poverty as well as increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to support students with disabilities.
We demand that our Houston-area Democratic Representatives- Sylvia Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee, Lizzie Fletcher, Al Green– support increasing funding for public schools, by championing the Green New Deal for Public Schools and meet with community members to discuss co-sponsoring the bill.
(UPDATE: Sheila Jackson Lee co-sponsored the bill on Sept. 10, 2021. Thank you to all who called her and to the Representative for her support!)
(UPDATE: Sylvia Garcia’s office has confirmed her co-sponsoring of the bill via email and phone on Sept. 19-20, 2021. Thank you to all who called her and to the Representative for her support !)
Call your Representative’s office and use our script below!
Look up your Representative here using ZIP code and address (street number and name): https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
Also: if you haven’t signed the petition letter to your Representative, you can add your name here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/houston-green-new-schools/
We want to thank the following labor and community groups for signing onto our organization’s letter to Representatives Garcia, Jackson Lee, Fletcher, and Green. They are:
Extinction Rebellion Houston
Houston Youth Climate Strike
International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 88
March For Our Lives Houston
Our Revolution Harris County
Sunrise Movement Houston
Organizations across the country have endorsed the Green New Deal for Public Schools including: 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.