On Thursday, May 5, 2011, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced, S. 902, the School Building Fairness Act of 2011. Nearly identical to legislation he introduced in 2009, this legislation would provide $1 billion in grants to states for school repair, renovation, and construction, including, "measures designed to reduce or eliminate human exposure to classroom noise and environmental noise pollution." ASHA has worked with Senator Harkin's staff over a number of years to include and maintain these noise related provisions in his bill.
In a floor statement, Senator Harkin stated, "Safe, modern, healthy school buildings are essential to creating an environment where students can reach their full academic potential. Today, too many students in the United States, particularly those most at risk of being left behind, attend school in facilities that are old, overcrowded and run-down."
ASHA looks forward to working with Senator Harkin to address noisy classrooms and to improve the learning environment for all students. For more information or questions, please contact Neil Snyder, ASHA's director of federal advocacy, at 800-498-2071, ext. 5614 or firstname.lastname@example.org.