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ERIC Number: EJ919338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Stepping Up to the Plate: Ensuring a Quality Learning Environment
Froemming, Jim
School Business Affairs, v75 n6 p18-19 Jun 2009
On December 8, 2008, "USA Today" published the article "The Smokestack Effect: Toxic Air and America's Schools." The article reported that as a result of computer modeling of the potential dispersion of contaminants into the air (not actual tests of air samples) done by the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, 128,000 American schools were ranked according to air quality issues based on the schools' proximity to industrial pollution. The Port Washington-Saukville School District's Saukville Elementary School was rated in the bottom 1%. The study indicated that two businesses in the area--a steel manufacturing company and a plastic products producer--were potentially emitting particulates in amounts that could present possible health risks for students. Because the district was 20 miles north of Milwaukee, industries in Milwaukee were also factors in the rating. Saukville Elementary made the bottom 1%, and the district's other four schools ranked in the bottom 3%. In this article, the author describes the course of action the district's leadership team took when informed about the ranking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin