S.902: School Building Fairness Act of 2011

Introduced: 5/5/2011

Sponsor: Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Cosponsors: None

Summary of bill:

It amends ESEA to direct the Sec. of Education to allocate funds to states for competitive matching grants to LEAs for school repair, renovation and construction. It also reserves one percent of grant funds to assistance to Indian schools. It requires that each state when they receive grants to consider: the percentage of poor children each LEA serves, condition of public schools, extent to which building standards will be “green”, and the likelihood schools will be maintained in good condition. It also requires the National Center for Education Statistics to study the condition of those schools.

Latest Action:

Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on 5/5/2011


How This Bill Affects Education:

This bill would allow the federal government to give funds to states for school repair, renovation and construction. To make sure the grants are not going to waste, this bill would require states to consider certain criteria when figuring out when to divide grant money up to different schools.