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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (Northern Mariana Islands)

As Chair of the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, I held a virtual briefing to hear from experts on how our nation can safely reopen and rebuild schools impacted by COVID-19. I invited the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to speak on the findings in its report released this month on the troubling condition of America’s public school facilities. And Randi Weingarten, who leads the American Federation of Teachers, brought a teacher’s perspective to these challenges, and highlighted how the Reopen and Rebuild America’s School Act addresses these issues. The Act invests $500 million to repair and update schools in the Marianas and other insular areas. The House is scheduled to consider the bill next week as part of H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act infrastructure package. Watch the briefing here.