Considering the lifelong consequences those impacted by childhood lead poisoning, we're not doing enough to prevent it in this toxic city.
The magnitude of what's at stake - our children's future - should compel us to work with our school districts, not against them.
With $7.6 million in new state funds, the School District of Philadelphia this week picked four contractors to clean up toxic lead paint in 40 schools after an Inquirer and Daily News investigation, "Toxic City: Sick Schools," exposed widespread problems.
Gov. Wolf announces millions in new funding for an emergency cleanup of toxins at Philadelphia district schools, responding to an Inquirer and Daily News investigation.
A month after the "Toxic City: Sick Schools" investigation found dangerous levels of asbestos fibers in rundown Philadelphia elementary schools, the district said it has begun cleaning them up.
School District cleans and shuts areas at Olney Elementary amid public pressure in wake of newspapers' investigation that found 10.7 million asbestos fibers on a floor
Are we, as a City, committed to making tough choices to make sure that there is never another student poisoned by toxic conditions in the very building they go to learn and grow each day?
The Inquirer called City Council members to get their take on the new residential property assessments? David Oh has a hearing Tuesday at 10 a.m. on the issue.
Council could begin by repealing the 10-year tax abatement - because there is no reason why our city should be subsidizing luxury condominium developers while our children attempt to learn in buildings that make them sick.
This is a moment to work together and to move as quickly as possible to do whatever we can to create cleaner, safer and more modern school buildings for our children, and our teachers and staff. They deserve nothing less.
Lead poisoning is associated with increased special education spending, higher health care costs, and higher future crime rates, with studies estimating a range of $1.2-$11 billion nationally.
The City of Philadelphia stopped the demolition of a former lead smelter in Fishtown after residents complained they weren't given notice and that controls for airborne toxins didn't take place.
As construction disturbs dormant lead in the soil, river ward residents call on the city and other officials to help protect their families.