“The Rebuild America Act”
Section by Section Summary
Title 1: Invest in America to Create Jobs and Future GrowthSection 1:
Invest in America’s Infrastructure
Part 1: Modernize America’s SchoolsToo many of our nation’s schools were built over a half century ago
and are not equipped tomeet the needs of 21st Century students and teachers. The Act provides formula grants to statesover 10 years for competitive matching grants to local entities for the modernization, renovation,and repair of early childhood education and care facilities, k-12 public schools, and communitycolleges. Grants are distributed to states based on poverty and population and States mustdescribe how they will consider the impact of potential projects on job creation and give priorityto eligible entities that use green practices and serve the largest percentages of low-incomepopulations, among other things.Part 2: Create 21
Century Renewable Energy SystemsWidespread transformation of our energy systems to enhance energy security and lessenenvironmental impacts will require energy systems changes by citizens and communities acrossthe country. This section establishes a program to support communities in efforts to undertakecomprehensive energy systems renovation strategies. Communities will compete for funds toanalyze current energy use, formulate strategies to increase use of energy efficiency andrenewable energy, and implement those strategies. The program will be administered by theDepartment of Energy in collaboration with State Energy Offices.
Part 3: Invest in America’s Ro
ads, Bridges and InfrastructureOur economy rose to greatness on the back of robust federal investment in our infrastructure. Yet
in recent decades, we’ve failed to keep up. To help overcome our infrastructure gap and to
improve the efficiency of our economy, the Act provides significant long-term investment in awide array of existing infrastructure programs, including roads, bridges, sewer-water systems,levees, and rural infrastructure. The Act provides higher spending levels for the first two years tohelp create jobs while the economy remains weak.
Section 2: Support Great Teachers
Teacher effectiveness has a greater impact on student achievement than any other in-schoolfactor. To help teachers develop the skills to prepare all children to graduate high school collegeand career ready, the Secretary of Education is authorized to offer grants to states for three tofive years to work with school districts to provide intensive professional development to teachersand other school personnel. The professional development provided through this grant programwill support teachers in teaching to the new rigorous standards states have adopted and improvestudent achievement.
Rebuild America’s Manufacturing Power
Part 1: National Manufacturing StrategyThe section requires the President to develop a national manufacturing strategy and submit thatstrategy to Congress. The goals of the strategy are to increase the number of manufacturing jobs,to identify manufacturing sectors in which the US is most competitive, and to develop policies to