With increased media coverage, more communities across the nation are beginning to take a deeper look at the potential for lead contamination inside school buildings. This is a particularly important topic since children are at greater risk of experiencing health problems from lead exposure.
Here are a few of the latest new stories from across the United States showing what is being realized and done about the lead crisis facing our schools:
- In Detroit, where water fountains were cut off due to the detection of high levels of lead, students staged a walkout to demand the lead problem be adequately addressed and resolved
- In Los Angeles, the Daily News reports that the nation’s second largest school has fallen short in its efforts to address lead contamination in the drinking water despite spending millions
- In New Hampshire, the state department of education recently received over $1.5 million in federal funds to reimburse schools for fixing any water system lead problems found through state-mandated testing