The new bill will require the District to certify that every school is “safe from lead-based paint hazards”, remove any lead paint reported and keep students and staff away from affected areas.
PHILADELPHIA–“For years, the PFT has provided technical expertise and invested its own money to develop common sense cost-effective solutions to improve Philly’s aging school buildings. With the passage of the lead paint remediation bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, we’ve taken another small but significant step toward making Philly’s schools healthier and safer for every child.
“We thank Councilman Squilla and the bill’s co-sponsors–Councilmembers Derek Green, Blondell Reynolds Brown, Bobby Henon, Helen Gym, Al Taubenberger–and the rest of City Council for not only passing the bill, but for working with the PFT and the Philly Healthy Schools Initiative to expand the scope of the bill to include high schools in addition to schools that educate younger children.
“The PFT has long been involved in the fight for safe and healthy schools, and we know that passage of this bill alone will not fix the problem. But it is encouraging to know that City Council has been listening to the PFT, and is taking action to improve school building conditions.”
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