Lead in water testing in the Philadelphia schools
The Philadelphia School District has not tested it’s water supply for the presence of lead in schools for the past 6-17 years. All previous testing was conducted between 1999 and 2010
School District managers and members of the School Reform Commission (SRC), with few exceptions, would have us believe that the reasons for these conditions at so many of our schools predate their own involvement and are simply the result of years of inadequate funding and an aging physical plant. Certainly, more money, more resources and more support are required to make our schools safe. Equally, if not more critical, would be School District [SD] managers and SRC members making a commitment to genuine transparency, stakeholder involvement, and accountability to parents, students, and school staff. Simply put – this does not occur.
The Philadelphia School Superintendent, in his Action Plan 3.0 http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/a/action-plan includes several elements that are relevant
The news story from Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight includes interviews with School District representatives