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‘We are not crying wolf’: Philly teachers union to sue district over asbestos, other hazards

The union representing Philadelphia public school teachers says it will sue the school district over its handling of asbestos, lead and mold problems that has shuttered schools and sparked a backlash from parents.

By Nicholas Pugliese/WHYY

‘Egregious breach’ leads to another Philly school closure for asbestos

Two days after district officials deemed Alexander McClure Elementary safe to reopen, in a whiplash-inducing development, the school has been closed again due to fears over asbestos exposure.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

New year opens with protests, concerns about health conditions in Philadelphia schools

Lou Fantini, a social studies teacher, said safe buildings were a social justice issue and that Philadelphia students deserve safe buildings “like in the suburbs.”

By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads and Dale Mezzacappa/Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Amid parent backlash, Philly schools unveil $12 million asbestos plan

“To our parents, I want to say, I hear you. I am committed to getting this right.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads

Philly school knew about toxic lead in drinking water but kept parents in the dark

“For there to be lead in the school where children go and drink water, and the parents are not notified…. I was not aware of this.”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent/Keystone Crossroads and Ryan Briggs/WHYY