Summary of Amendments Submitted to H.R. 2187 - 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act

 Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors
Listed in Alphabetical Order 
 May 12, 2009  5:53PM

Bright ( AL )/ Cuellar (TX)/ Kosmas (FL)/

Green, Al (TX)


REVISED Would require the Secretary to reserve 5 percent of section 102 grant funds for grants to local educational agencies serving geographic areas with significant economic distress or recovering from a natural disaster.

Castle (DE)


Would require the title I program for low-income students (title I of ESEA) to be fully funded before states receive funds under bill's grant program.

Cleaver (MO)


WITHDRAWN Would require local educational agencies to use no less than 3 percent of the money they receive from the state for renovation projects for the education of students in the aspects of the project that support environmental protection, energy efficiency, and green collar jobs. The amendment would also require the local educational agencies to collect reports annually from its schools as to what educational activities were done that year.

Cuellar (TX)


WITHDRAWN Would require the Secretary of Education to report on which types of modernization, renovation, repair, and construction are most influential in improving the student learning environment.

Cuellar (TX)


REVISED Would require all school districts that receive funds to develop and implement a curriculum that educates students on the education, energy saving, and environmental benefits demonstrated or expected as a result of the projects funded and that also educates students on the benefits of energy efficiency and environmental conservationism generally.

Cuellar (TX)/ Kosmas (FL)


WITHDRAWN Would make supplemental grants available to all local education agencies in a Federal major disaster declaration area that had school facilities damaged by such a disaster.

Ellsworth (IN)


Would amend section 309 (green schools) to provide that nothing in the bill shall be construed to prohibit a local educational agency from using sustainable, domestic hardwood lumber for public school modernization, renovation, repairs, or construction. It also would amend section 310 (reporting) to require agencies receiving grant funds under the bill to disclose whether any flooring installed was from renewable sources.

Flake, Jeff (AZ)


Would prohibit funds appropriated under the bill to be used for congressional earmarks as defined by clause 9(d) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Foxx (NC)


Would provide that if the provisions of the bill affecting authorization of appropriations have the net effect of increasing authorized appropriations for the period 2010 through 2015, this bill shall not take effect.

Giffords (AZ)

/Cleaver (MO)


REVISED Would require that green roofs and renewable energy systems projects funded by the act contain an educational display component to help students at the affected schools learn about the project and its benefits.

Green, Al (TX)


Would allow Texas schools affected by Hurricane Ike in 2008 to receive funds under section 202 (allocation to local educational agencies) of the bill.

Griffith ( AL )/

Teague (NM)


Would include reducing the incidence and effects of asthma and other respiratory illnesses in children among the voluntary guidelines for high performing school buildings. It also would add reducing the incidence and effects of asthma and other respiratory illnesses to the list of demonstrable and expected benefits.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


REVISED Would prohibit the use of funds to implement Title I of this Act until the Impact Aid program is fully funded.

Hastings, Doc (WA)


Would require funds provided under title VIII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Impact Aid program) to be considered when allocating funds to state and local agencies under the bill.

Heinrich (NM)


Would allow funds to be used to install and upgrade recreational structures and physical education facilities.



REVISED Would recommended to any school that receives a grant to include an instructional component in the school’s curriculum that describes how the project benefits the environment, reduces energy dependence, and improves the school’s sustainability.

King, Steve (IA)


REVISED Would strike section 307 of the bill (labor standards) and eliminate all of the Davis-Bacon provisions.

Kirk (IL)/
Carney (PA)


Would establish a separate competitive matching grant program for green school improvements so that schools that do not receive formula funding under the bill can still gain access to funds for green repairs and renovations. The Secretary is directed to reserve 1% of authorized funds under title I of the bill for this program.

Kirkpatrick (AZ)


Would increase the set-aside for tribal and outlying schools from 1% to 2%.

Kline, John (MN)


Would provide that no funds may be appropriated or made available pursuant to an authorization under this Act for any fiscal year unless the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is fully funded for that year.




REVISED Would permit funds to be used for constructing greenhouses, gardens, and other environmental educational facilities for environmental, scientific, or other educational purposes.

Maffei (NY)/

Schwartz (PA)


REVISED Would require the Education Secretary, in consultation with the Labor Secretary, to work with funding recipients to promote opportunities for individuals enrolled in Job Corps to gain employment experience on modernization, repair, and construction projects funded under the Act.

Matheson (UT)


WITHDRAWN Would add a new section to Title I of the bill giving priority consideration to schools that would use funding to remove asbestos, polychrolinated biphenyls, mold, mildew, lead-based hazards, or a proven carcinogen.

Matheson (UT)


Would provide that schools should use low- or no-VOC (volatile organic compound) unless doing so would increase paint costs by more than 25 percent.

McKeon (CA)


Would require states to be in compliance with the public school choice, supplemental education services, private school participation, and military recruiters provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to be eligible to receive funding under the bill.

Miller, George (CA)


REVISED Would replace the bill's provision regarding charter schools (section 308) with a new provision that makes technical corrections and clarifies the disposition of excess funds.

Pingree, Chellie (ME)


WITHDRAWN Would expand the allowable uses of funds to include repairing, replacing, and installing water supply and building envelopes.

Reichert (WA)


Would allow funds to be used to install or upgrade technology to ensure schools are able to respond to emergencies such as acts of terrorism, campus violence, and natural disasters.

Roe (TN)/Cuellar (TX)


Would add a new section 314 requiring the Education Secretary to enter into an agreement with the Department's Institute of Educational Sciences to evaluate the impact of projects funded under the bill on student academic achievement, including a comparison of students attending public schools receiving funding under the bill with students attending public schools that are not receiving such funding.

Schrader (OR)


Would require the GAO to conduct a study within one year of enactment on the extent and types of projects in keeping with the uses of funds authorized, the geographic distribution of green, high-performing schools (including by urban, suburban, and rural areas), and the relative access to such schools of the demographic groups described in section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. These groups include: economically-disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.

Schwartz (PA)


WITHDRAWN Would include as an allowable use of funds tree planting on school property, including for the purpose of providing shade and producing a resulting energy cost savings.

Schwartz (PA)


WITHDRAWN Would add a new section 314 to require the Education Secretary, in consultation with the Labor Secretary, to work with recipients of funds under the bill to promote appropriate opportunities for individuals enrolled in junior and community college programs related to projects described in section 309(a) of the bill (related to LEED, Energy Star, CHPS Criteria, Green Globes, and other equivalent programs) to gain employment experience in such projects.

Teague, Harry (NM)


WITHDRAWN Would allow funds to be used for measures designed to reduce or eliminate human exposure to airborne particles such as dust, sand, and pollen.

Titus (NV)/
Markey, Betsy (CO)


Would add a new section 314 requiring the Secretary of Education to establish an Advisory Council to the Secretary on green, high-performing schools. The Council will advise the Secretary on the impact of green, high-performing schools on teaching and learning, health energy costs and environmental impact; work with the Secretary to recommend Federal policies to increase the number of green, high-performing schools; provide technical assistance to states; and identify Federal policies that are barriers to helping states make schools green and high-performing. The Council will consult with the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, the Commerce Secretary, Energy Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, Labor Secretary, EPA Administrator, and the GSA Administrator.