September 23, 2019
Sign the Fund Our Facilities Coalition petition calling for an IMMEDIATE investment of $100 million for asbestos and lead abatement in Philly’s schools
The Fund Our Facilities Coalition, in partnership with the undersigned concerned individuals and partners is calling for $100 million of that funding to be invested immediately, so the District can begin the process of remediating damaged asbestos and lead in every school. That students and educators have their health and safety at stake when they go to school should move all of us to immediate action.
We recently learned that a Philadelphia public school teacher has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. The vast majority of mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. We are outraged and horrified.
Our Coalition is clear that there is no definitive link to this teacher’s school and her diagnosis. But the fact that we must seriously consider the possibility should alarm each one of us.
This issue is not isolated to one school. Disturbed asbestos has been observed and reported in schools across the district. This is a systemic issue that we must address urgently and holistically.
The time is now to fund our facilities and care for our students and educators.