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1st Edition

The Toxic Schoolhouse

ISBN 9780895038517
Published March 30, 2014 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

The Toxic Schoolhouse is a collection of articles on chemical hazards endangering students, teachers, and staff in the education system of the United States and Canada. Some of the articles were originally published in a special issue of New Solutions: A Journal of Occupational and Environmental Policy, but all have been updated and several new articles have been added. The book is organized in three sections. The first describes problems ranging from the failures of coordination, monitoring, and siting of school buildings to the hazards of exposure to toxic substances, including lead and PCBs. The second section captures the voices of activists seeking change and describes community and union organizing efforts to improve school conditions. The third section covers policy "solutions." The authors include academics, union staff and rank-and-file activists, parent organization leaders, and public health professionals.

Table of Contents


PART I ~ The Problem

 Chapter 1. Who’s in Charge of Children’s Environmental Health at School?
Jerome Paulson and Claire Barnett

 Chapter 2. Who’s Sick at School: Linking Poor School Conditions and Health Disparities for Boston’s Children
Tolle Graham, Jean Zotter, and Marlene Camacho

 June 2012 Update on Who’s Sick at School Report
Tolle Graham, Jean Zotter, and Marlene Camacho

 Chapter 3. Failing Our Children: Lead in U.S. School Drinking Water
Yanna Lambrinidou, Simoni Triantafyllidou, and Marc Edwards

 Chapter 4. PCBs in School—Persistent Chemicals, Persistent Problems
Robert F. Herrick

 Update on PCBs in School
Robert F. Herrick

 Chapter 5. Healthy School Siting and Planning Policies: Linking Public Health, Education, and the Environment
Alison K. Cohen

PART II ~ Organizing for Change

 Chapter 6. “Serving Two Masters”—An Interview with School Teacher and Union Organizer
 Debra Askwith
Madeleine Kangsen Scammell and Ema Rodrigues

 Chapter 7. “We Can’t Give Up, It’s Too Important”—Health and Safety Stories from Canadian and U.S. Schools
Dorothy Wigmore

 Chapter 8. New Jersey’s Union-Centered Healthy Schools Work
Eileen Senn

 Chapter 9. Negotiating Indoor Air—Case Report on Negotiation of Teachers’ Union, School Board on Air Contaminants
Sarah Gibson and Charles Levenstein

 Chapter 10. School Custodians and Green Cleaners:Labor-Environment Coalitions and Toxics Reduction
Laura Senier, Brian Mayer, Phil Brown, and Rachel Morello-Frosch

PART III ~ Advances in Policy

 Chapter 11. Integrated Pest Management Policies in America’s Schools: Is Federal Legislation Needed?
Andrea Kidd Taylor, Kyle Esdaille, and Jennifer Ames

 Chapter 12. Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools: Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations, and Legislation
Joan N. Parker

 Chapter 13. Building the New Schoolhouse: The Massachusetts School Building Authority
Jennifer Ames and Charles Levenstein



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