Guilford County, NC -- The U.S. Education Department spotlighted a new report by the Council of the Great City Schools showing that Guilford County and other urban school systems, face substantial, costly repairs to deteriorating buildings and classrooms.
According to the report, Guilford County needs substantial resources, including $883.2 million for renovation, repair and modernization of its schools.
Under the American Jobs Act, the administration estimates that North Carolina could receive $675.7 million for modernization efforts to rebuild crumbling buildings and classes, which could help Guilford County begin work on long overdue upgrades to schools and classrooms.
"Our children only get one shot at a good education. They deserve better than crumbling school buildings and half-century-old science labs. This report is further proof that Guilford County's schools critically need the funds proposed by the President in the American Jobs Act," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
The President's American Jobs Act plan will invest $30 billion in enhancing the condition of these schools - with $25 billion going to K-12 schools for repair, renovation and modernization.
While this bill would help finance long overdue repairs, it would also create needed jobs and help put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work.
For more on the American Jobs Act of 2011, click here.
U.S. Dept. of Education