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Get the lead out
September 3, 2019
All 1,860 NYC classrooms posing lead risk get the all-clear, as new school year begins
Ahead of the first day of school, the city has fixed up about 1,800 classrooms that posed a risk for lead exposure to young children.
Get the lead out
August 12, 2019
Mayor de Blasio promised to eliminate lead exposure by 2029. Are NYC schools doing everything they can to make that happen?
The education department’s protocol for testing and fixing deteriorating lead paint in schools stops far short of the mayor’s “vision zero” pledge.
August 6, 2019
Here’s what NYC parents can do if they’re concerned about lead exposure in classrooms
Two pediatricians who have worked with children exposed to lead spoke with Chalkbeat about the dangers of lead and offered tips on what parents can do.
July 9, 2019
Newark school buildings raised safety concerns. Why haven’t they been fixed?
Many Newark schools need to be renovated or replaced. But with the state providing limited support, the district is grappling with how to fund the repairs.
back in action
December 3, 2018
It’s a ‘breath of fresh air’ to be back in school, Georgian Hills educators say after three weeks off following heating issues
On Monday morning, the elementary school in Frayser held classes for the first time since Nov. 13, when cold temperatures put the building’s boiler out of commission.
October 25, 2018
Griffin: ‘Students who live in poverty should learn in luxury,’ but state-run schools are far from luxurious
Many Memphis schools are in need of better environments, but schools in Tennessee's lowest performing district are too low in priority for building repairs, said Sharon Griffin.
September 11, 2018
$40 million worth of school improvements follow in wake of Obama Center project
Hyde Park Academy sits in a South Side neighborhood set to become the site for the Obama Presidential Library and a Tiger Woods-designed golf course.
July 18, 2018
The tension between Chicago enrollment declines and new schools
Chicago plans on opening a handful of schools in the next several years. But for whom?…
June 14, 2018
Community members have plenty to say about CPS’ 10-year facilities master plan
Carolina Gaete had a question. The North Lawndale resident wanted to know how Chicago Public Schools decides which improvements to fund…
May 14, 2018
As a school board decision looms, some Detroit charters are jumping ship. Others have their fingers crossed.
Three Detroit schools aren’t waiting around for the outcome of a debate over the future of charter schools overseen by the main Detroit…
March 26, 2018
Tennessee opened a Pandora’s box by lifting the ban on new school districts. Now on to the details.
With more towns exploring whether to start their own school systems, state lawmakers say a deeper study is in order. Now the question is the study's scope.
Detroit week in review
September 22, 2017
Week in review: Two schools in Detroit were excited to show off shiny new spaces
Reality TV-style renovations were in the news this week.
Struggling Detroit schools
September 20, 2017
Scores of Detroit schools are empty eyesores. Here’s why it’s so hard to bring them back to life.
Vacant schools can become crime hubs or crumbling dangers. But even if that doesn’t happen, they are disheartening reminders of Detroit’s struggle to prioritize education for its children.
July 25, 2016
Run-down buildings, struggling schools: how crumbling facilities affect student performance
A new study finds that poor school building conditions can start a chain reaction that leads to low student performance.
Give Me A Home
January 15, 2015
Denver Public Schools ‘ahead of the curve’ with proposed facilities policy
DPS currently has no formal policy to determine which school would be placed in which building. The new policy would outline which district priorities, academic achievement, and enrollment patterns will drive placement decisions.
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