Gov. Wolf, Mayor Kenney and Philadelphia Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. are expected to announce Friday that they are directing millions in new, emergency funds to help clean up toxins — such as damaged lead paint and asbestos — inside some of the district’s most rundown schools.
“The more than $15 million investment that begins the cleanup of toxic conditions in Philadelphia schools is long overdue and it’s a huge win for our children,” State Senator Vincent Hughes said.
The money will be put toward urgent repairs and critical capital improvements at nearly 60 schools across the district, Bowens said.
The officials will gather Friday morning at Roosevelt Elementary in East Germantown, among the city schools with a recent history of unhealthy conditions, including flaking lead paint in classrooms, damaged asbestos, and mold and rodent droppings.
The announcement comes amid growing public outcry in the wake of an Inquirer and Daily News investigation, “Toxic City: Sick Schools,” which examined how unchecked environmental hazards inside district schools put children and staff at risk for serious health problems.