Following last week’s revelations of high lead contamination levels in Newark public schools’ drinking
In a public letter to state Commissioner of Education David C. Hespe, the legislators call for testing “to ensure that our school children are protected from lead poisoning, and to provide their parents with the public health information that they need to make informed decisions to protect their children.”
The lawmakers are sponsors of a new bill that would allocate $3 million to conduct the tests, but their letter asks that Hespe start testing schools’
“When 30 school buildings in Newark alone are found to have elevated levels of lead in the school’s drinking
Newark is taking its own first steps to addressing the problem, with about 17,000 children scheduled to undergo testing. Roughly 2,000 toddlers from those schools will be the first to be tested, according director of the Department of Health Hanaa Hamdi. Students at the 30 affected schools are currently relying on bottled
The panic in Newark follows Flint, MI’s
See the senators’ full letter here.