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NEA Today: CNN Spotlights Indoor Air Quality Impact on Student Learning
January 12, 2012, 11:24 am
Filed under: News

January 10, 2012   
By Tim Walker and Cindy Long

An estimated 14 million American children attend public schools that are in urgent need of  extensive repair or replacement and have unhealthy environmental conditions, including poor air quality, unsafe drinking water and inadequate safety systems. This weekend, CNN will spotlight the dire condition of schools and the health hazards posed by poor indoor air quality.

The segment, which will air on Saturday and Sunday, follows CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta as he visits schools in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut to examine the impact of indoor air quality on students and school employees. During his travels, Dr. Gupta spoke to NEA members and leaders, including National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen, who called the poor condition of schools a “national crisis” and emphasized how the ability of many students to learn depends on a safe and healthy school environment.

NEA and its members are urging Congress to pass President Obama’s Fix America’s Schools Today Act, which would provide $25 billion for modernizing and repairing public schools, with half of the funds funneled to schools that need it most.

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