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  QUESTION: Can lead poisoned children go to a school for free? 12 Jan 2005, Missouri USA

do you have information on children with lead poison? Can they go to a school for free, do the parents have to pay for schools

ANSWER: 23 Jan 2005

Dear Rosie,

Sorry for the delay in responding but, not knowing the answer myself, I had to put your question to the 600 or so US lead poisoning prevention professionals who belong to the Global Leadnet listserv (twice) before I finally received an answer (see below) today.

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien,

From: Joe Ponessa
Subject: Re: [Leadnet] MMWR report on refugees + the school question

Hi-

A free public education has been a basic right for all children in America for more than 100 years. in the last couple of decades, federal laws have required schools to provide education / special education for disabled/ impaired students who previously were denied public education.

Unfortunately, there is still a basic inequality in school quality: generally, schools in low income communities are of lower quality than those in upper income communities, although some states have tried, and partly succeeded in rectifying this through funding enhancements; but the problem is much more complicated than just money.

Regards,
Joe
Joseph Ponessa, Ph.D.
Extension Specialist and Professor
Housing, Indoor Environments and Health
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

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