NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Newly proposed legislation aims to revitalize New York’s public school system while combating the climate crisis.

Democratic Congressman and former educator Jamaal Bowman introduced the Green New Deal for Public Schools.

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The $1.43 billion proposal includes upgrading school buildings to be more energy efficient. It also calls for reducing class size and adding social services.

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“Our public schools, particularly schools in our historically redlined and marginalized communities, have been neglected for decades,” Bowman said.

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In a statement, Republican New York Rep. Elise Stefanik said in part, “Democrats are woefully out of touch with reality … Republicans are focused on pushing back on these radical policies.”

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