"All the research says that without additional help, our children in poverty can never catch up," said Hale. "This deficit haunts them for the rest of their lives."
West Virginia would receive $161.2 million in money for school infrastructure improvements.
Bob Brown, executive director of the state School Service Personnel Association, called it a "disservice" to send children to schools with old facilities and outdated technology.
According to a 2011 21st Century Fund report, there are clear correlations between the quality of school facilities and student attendance, which Hale called a "huge problem" in West Virginia.
Democrats have said that they plan to move forward with a piecemeal approach to passing provisions of the jobs bill, and Brown hopes that the education portions make it through Congress.
"Our children deserve no less," said Brown.
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