I recently suggested a national infrastructure program to repair, insulate, and green the nation’s public schools. As described here, this is a “dialable” concept that could go from meeting the maintenance backlog to more ambitious retrofits and technology upgrades.
Now I’ve even got a name for it, Fix America’s Schools Today, or FAST. I think it’s a smart way to get a lot of people who really need jobs back to work, fix a critical part of our institutional infrastructure, save energy costs, provide kids with a better, healthier learning environment, and do so in way that everyone can see and feel good about each morning when they drop their kids at school.
If you’re not yet convinced, check out this article from one of my favorite economic journals, People, which did a pretty compelling feature on the problem. If this doesn’t prove the broad appeal of FAST, then I don’t know what would.