In an effort to highlight the dire, immediate need for school modernization funding to repair schools that are literally falling to pieces, Lily and NEA Health Information Network Director Jerry Newberry, visited Southern Middle School in Reading, Pennsylvania.
An estimated 14 million American children attend deteriorating public schools. Of the existing 80,000 public schools, at least one-third need extensive repair or replacement and at least two-thirds have unhealthy environmental conditions.
“The message these kids get when they look up and see their classroom ceiling leaking and falling in is, ‘I don’t matter,’” Lily noted “How can we expect students to achieve in these conditions? This is a national crisis. We need to repair our public schools to keep our children healthy and allow them to learn.”