President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One (Pic by The White House, via Flickr)

The Miami Council will hold a rally outside West Homestead Elementary today to show their support for the American Jobs Act, which if approved would provide South Florida public schools with much needed cash.

The White House says the American Jobs Act would, among other measures, put more people back to work; support efforts to hire veterans; rebuild infrastructure, including public schools; expand access to high speed broadband; and cut taxes to small businesses.

Al Sasiadek of the Miami Council tells The Florida Independent the organization chose West Homestead Elementary because “one of our members is in that area, is familiar with that school and it’s representative of many of the schools that don’t get a lot of attention and do have a lot of need.”

Sasiadek adds that Miami-Dade County records show that the “estimated cost of deficiencies” of the top 30 public elementary, middle and high schools in need of repairs or renovation totals at least $410 million.

According to, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (.pdf) “have almost $2 billion in deferred maintenance and repairs on its books,” and that through the Jobs Act, Miami-Dade schools would receive over $276 million.

According to the South Florida Sun Sentinelthrough the Jobs Act, ”Florida would be eligible to receive $1.28 billion in much-needed funding for K-12 public schools and an additional $288.4 million to modernize facilities at community colleges. That would amount to $267 million for Miami-Dade public schools, $125.3 million for Broward, and $98.4 million for Palm Beach County.”

The Miami Herald has reported that American Jobs Act dollars to repair and upgrade public school buildings in Florida would create up to 16,000 jobs.

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