Too often when the Philadelphia school district has done much-needed repairs, the work has been shoddy, money was wasted, and, in one case, kids ended up in the ER.
Philadelphia district schools are filled with acres of damaged asbestos in ceilings, floor tiles and insulation. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News investigated whether the district is doing enough to protect students from exposure to the cancerous fibers.
Many Philadelphia classrooms and gyms are incubators for illness, with toxic water fountains and lead paint falling from the ceiling. School staffers helped our reporters conduct scientific testing for these hazards. The results are disturbing.
Breakneck construction has unearthed a toxic legacy, coating playgrounds and backyards with dangerous levels of lead dust.
With the worst deep poverty of the nation's largest cities, many Philadelphia families find themselves trapped in toxic houses that make their children sick.