ERIC Number: ED463634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
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Creating Safe Learning Zones: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions.
This report is a follow-up to the first publication of the Child Proofing Our Communities Campaign, titled "Poisoned Schools: Invisible Threats, Visible Actions." The previous report looked at the problems of public schools built on contaminated land years ago, the trend of proposing new schools on contaminated land, and the threat of toxic pesticide use in schools. The current report addresses the need for protective laws concerning building new schools. It presents data from five states (California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and New York) on the number of schools located on or near hazardous chemical waste sites or other contaminated sites. It describes children's special vulnerabilities, the school siting process, and examples of schools built on or near contaminated land. Based on its findings, the report calls for state laws to ensure that the locations for new schools are safe and that contaminated property is properly cleaned up. It provides model school siting legislation for use in drafting legislation on the state level and for local school policies. The report also outlines action steps that parents can take to ensure that their children are not placed in harm's way. (Appendices contain the New York State recommended soil cleanup objectives for chemicals commonly found at contaminated sites, and the research methodology. Contains 36 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Child Health, Educational Legislation, Elementary Education, Hazardous Materials, Public Health Legislation, School Buildings, School Location, School Safety, Site Selection, Wastes
Child Proofing Our Community Campaign, c/o Center for Health, Environment and Justice, P.O. Box 6806, Falls Church, VA 22040. Tel: 703-237-2249; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.childproofing.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York Community Trust, NY.; Educational Foundation of America, Westport, CT.
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