Flint Schools Overwhelmed by Special Education Needs After Lead Crisis

Photo: more special education students in Flint after lead exposure

Parent advocate Maxine Onstott, shown cuddling with her son Maximilliano, 6, said many families are having a hard time getting help for their children’s disabilities in the wake of the water crisis.
—Brittany Greeson for Education Week

Flint, Mich.

Years after reports surfaced of alarmingly high lead levels in the water system, the toll of the crisis is becoming clear: At least 1 in 5 students in Flint’s public schools … [more…]

Teaching Kids about Water Conservation & the Water Cycle

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Activities & books about that teach our children about water conservation and the water cycle!

March 22nd is World Water Day.

It’s a day for all of us to remember that water is an important resource in our life and clean water is a limited resource for many around the world.

Everyone can make a difference in preserving this natural resource, even the youngest among us!

In fact, our kids … [more…]

Lead-Tainted Water In Schools: Connecticut Gets Failing Grade

photo: school drinking fountain. Lead-Tainted Water In Schools: Connecticut Gets Failing Grade

Photo: Connecticut received a letter grade of “F” in the “Get the Lead Out” report from public policy researchers. (Shutterstock)

Most U.S. states fail to protect school kids from lead five years after the Flint water crisis, a new report shows.

CONNECTICUT — More than half of U.S. states are doing a terrible job keeping dangerous levels of lead out of school drinking supplies, according to a new report. Connecticut … [more…]

Doctors say Minnesota needs to do more to protect kids from lead exposure in school water

photo: so many school water fountains test for high levels of lead, laws are requiring testing and disclosure

Pediatricians, teachers and water quality experts say more needs to be done to protect school kids from exposure to high lead levels at the water fountain.

This school year, a new Minnesota law went into effect requiring public and charter schools to approve a lead water testing plan, conduct drinking water tests in the next five years and share results with parents.

“The law was a really important step,” said … [more…]

At some Detroit schools, toxins in water reached excessive levels

photo: hydration stations in Detroit schools. At some Detroit schools, toxins in water reached excessive levels

DPSCD has been using water stations and bottled water while the district determines a permanent means to deliver safe, clean water to students. (Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr., The Detroit News)

As Detroit’s school district develops plans to make drinking water safe inside its buildings, a review of testing data shows one school had more than 54 times the allowable amount of lead under federal law while another exceeded the regulated

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