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City Speeds PCB Removal From Schools

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

New York City will remove light fixtures containing the toxic PCBs over the next 3.5 years, well ahead of its original end date of 2021. More than 600 school buildings still have the old fixtures.

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Parents Press for Details on Faster PCB Removal

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

After the city's law department said the D.O.E. would replace old light fixtures containing PCBs "well before" its original deadline of 2021, frustrated parents, advocates and elected officials said they want details.

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Burst Lightbulb in Harlem School Sends 11 to Hospital

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

An old florescent light fixture broke, and the smoke not only forced the evacuation of the building but also re-ignited the fight over how to replace toxic fixtures in the schools as quickly as possible.

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Council Pushes for Faster PCB Removal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Education officials said they can remove toxic PCBs from about 85 schools this summer and a handful more next summer, a pace that City Council members said they found unacceptable.

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Mott Haven Ruling Clarifies Toxic Clean-up Process

Friday, October 26, 2012

A ruling from the state's highest court makes clear that the School Construction Authority must outline its plans for long-term monitoring of and protection from toxins at once-contaminated properties that house school buildings, and communicate them to the public.

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City to Expedite PCB Removal in Schools

Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York will be accelerating work on infrastructure projects, including PCB clean-up in city schools. These are projects that are “ready to go, need to happen, and will be finished in the fixed timetable,” the mayor said.

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Toxic Drip Prompts Swift DOE Response

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The city will begin replacing all of the lighting fixtures at a Staten Island elementary school on Wednesday, after toxic PCBs leaked from an overhead light onto a child's desk and clothing.

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As PCB Issue Lingers, Removal Will Be Expedited at a Brooklyn School

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Brooklyn public school that had leaking light fixtures will be moved to the top of the list of schools with PCB problems, and the city will replace its lighting very soon, city officials said last week. But some health and environmental experts say the timeline for light fixture removal from schools should be expedited citywide.

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Parents Push for Faster PCB Removal

Monday, June 11, 2012

Parents at a Brooklyn elementary school are calling on the Department of Education to move faster to remove toxic PCBs from lighting fixtures in school buildings around the city.

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New York Gets Waiver for No Child Left Behind

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New York is one of 19 states to receive a federal waiver from complying with provisions of the No Child Left Behind law. State Education Commissioner John B. King says the waiver allows New York to disregard requirements that were "unproductive or unrealistic."

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Council Mandates City Alerts on PCB Dangers

Monday, December 19, 2011

The City Council on Monday approved a new law that requires the Department of Education to give parents and school staff regular updates on the status of PCB light fixtures and the city's actions to replace them.

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Communication Tools That Can Lead to Trouble

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Times reports that many educators, school boards and districts -- including the city's Department of Education -- are struggling to find a balance to protect students from inappropriate behavior by the grown-ups in their lives using Facebook, Twitter and texting, while also allowing teachers enough freedom to take advantage of the social media tools that, after all, are how children communicate nowadays.

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Officials Pledge Help for Queens High School

Friday, November 18, 2011

Help is on the way to Queens Metropolitan High School, where a scheduling problem has inconvenienced students. The problem was discussed at a quiet meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy. Also: a list of upcoming school events, including a Community Networking Fair at Francis Lewis High School in Queens.

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On WNYC, a Discussion About School Buildings and Crowding

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The teachers union says about 7,000 city classrooms this year have more students than the contractual limit. On top of that, many students are having to learn in aging buildings. On WNYC’s “Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC Senior Reporter Beth Fertig discussed the issues surrounding New York's school buildings with guest host Mike Pesca. Hear the full discussion.

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WNYC: Hear the Latest on PCBs in Schools

Friday, September 23, 2011

The conversation on WNYC's "Leonard Lopate Show" was about PCBs and other environmental contamination problems in the city's older schools. You can listen in here.

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City Council Promises More Transparency on PCBs in Schools

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Before protesters could make their way home from City Hall this morning, the City Council announced it will hold hearings on a bill to demand that the Department of Education notify parents of any PCB contamination found during inspection of public schools.

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Removing PCBs From Schools Now Complicated By Asbestos, Says Ed Dept

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The city's Department of Education said the hundreds of thousands of lighting fixtures it plans to replace in the city's schools because they contain PCBs are also contaminated with asbestos.

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Advocacy Groups Push for Faster PCB Clean-Up

Friday, March 11, 2011

Legislators, parents and advocacy groups gathered on the steps of City Hall Friday to urge the city to replace PCB-leaking light fixtures from city schools within two years, instead of the 10-year time frame outlined by the Department of Education.

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PCBs Found in Another Public School

Monday, February 28, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency has found high levels of the toxic chemical PCB in the lighting fixtures of another public school in the city. P.S. 306 in East New York is now the sixth building tested by the federal agency this year. 

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City Plans to Remove Lights Leaking Toxins in Schools

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The city vowed on Wednesday to replace all lighting fixtures that contain the toxic chemical PCB in public schools within 10 years after a federal investigation uncovered elevated levels of the known neurotoxin and suspected carcinogen.

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