Schatz introduces legislation to improve, renovate schools

Schatz introduces legislation to improve, renovate schools

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some Hawaii schools may soon be getting some much-needed improvements with help from federal grants.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz introduced on Thursday the School Building Fairness Act of 2015, legislation that would provide grants to states and local school districts that would help them build, repair and renovate school facilities.

“When students are in a safe, well-maintained school environment, it improves their ability to learn and gives them a better shot at success," Schatz said in a statement. "Today, a majority of our public schools in Hawaii and across the country are in disrepair. It's unacceptable."

A 2014 report found that a majority of public schools in the country were in need of modernization or repair, but federal funding is usually not available for school facilities. The cost to repair schools around the nation is estimated at $197 billion.

Schatz has not yet indicated which schools in Hawaii would receive the funding.

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