There are over approximately 100,000 public K-12 school facilities serving our nation’s teachers and children across the country. PTA believes that every student—regardless of their family’s income—must have access to a safe, welcoming and high-quality public school. The average school building is over 44 years old. Our nation’s public schools are the second largest national infrastructure sector for capital investment. Yet, historically, unlike roads and bridges, school facilities have received virtually no federal investment. Given state budget shortfalls and the need for economic recovery, now is the time for the federal government to invest in school infrastructure.