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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday said he was directing state funds to begin a $15.7 million emergency cleanup at some of Philadelphia’s most rundown schools.
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A month after an investigation found dangerous levels of asbestos fibers in some of Philadelphia’s most rundown elementary schools, the school district has begun cleaning up seven of them.
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A Philadelphia classroom is filled with dangerous levels of lead and asbestos while the unresponsive school district is missing in action.
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That latest result is more than 100 times higher than the level that health experts say is cause for alarm.
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From harmful dust to toxic fumes, poor oversight is blamed as school repairs make the same mistakes again and again.
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At aging Philadelphia schools, asbestos is a lurking health threat to children and staff. Tests find alarming levels, even after repair work is done.
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Many Philadelphia schools are incubators for illness, with environmental hazards that endanger students and hinder learning.
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In the wake of reporting from two National Fellows, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said Monday that the city will begin to enforce a four-year-old law that requires landlords to certify that their properties are lead-safe before renting to families with young kids.
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With more than 90 percent of Philadelphia homes built before the nation's 1978 lead-paint ban, the city struggles to eradicate childhood lead poisoning and ranks among the top U.S. cities for children at risk.
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In Philadelphia, thousands of children are newly poisoned by lead year after year — at a far higher rate than those in Flint, Michigan.

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