The Fund Our Facilities Coalition released the following statement in response to Governor Wolf’s plan to invest $4.3 million into lead stabilization work in Philly’s public schools.
PHILADELPHIA–“The Fund Our Facilities Coalition applauds Governor Wolf for committing $4.3 million to be used for lead stabilization work in Philadelphia’s public schools. The negative health and developmental impacts of exposure to lead cannot be understated. Too many of our schoolchildren are being poisoned in their classrooms. These funds are crucial to ensuring that we continue to make progress toward making every Philly school lead-free.
“Unfortunately, the presence of lead is only one of the challenges facing our school buildings. Our aging infrastructure yields problems, such as mold, outdated HVAC systems, water damage, and pest infestations. That’s why our coalition continues to call for an immediate investment of $170 million for critically-needed repairs and improvements that will make our schools clean, healthy and safe for all of our children.
“We look forward to continuing our work with the Governor and the General Assembly to make this investment a reality.”
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