Testing for lead in drinking water is ongoing in thousands of California schools to comply with a new state law. But gaps in that law and practices to deal with the lead that is found continue to expose children to the harmful toxic metal. EdSource’s special report reveals the extent of lead contamination in water in schools across California where water has been tested. Our presentation includes an interactive map of every public school in California with available data.
They point to high cost of removing lead pipes proposed by pipe fitters union, drafter of the bill. Others argue the standard for treatment remains hazardous for kids.
Higher ed to get $6 billion and K-12 schools $9 billion, with most dollars earmarked for renovations; low-wealth, low-income districts would be favored.
$150 million for testing, remediation would remove lead in schools statewide but based on a standard that pediatricians say is still hazardous.
The proposed bond on the March 2020 ballot will include money for K-12 districts, including preschool, community colleges, UC and CSU.
The author of the bill, Patrick O'Donnell, says he is open to examining the fairness of the school modernization program's funding.
Oakland, San Diego and Berkeley Unified are among the districts that have adopted lower limits for lead in water than the state law.
Los Angeles Unified has tested water in all of its schools for lead over the last decade, but critics say its policies put children at risk.
A new law requires schools to test their water for lead, but children could remain exposed to dangerous levels of the toxic metal.
Use this searchable map to browse the tests result at the more than 3,700 California schools which have already conducted tests for lead.
A new state law requires California schools to test water for lead. This database shows the highest test result at the more than 3,700 schools which have already conducted tests.