URGENT call for an IMMEDIATE $100 Million to remediate damaged asbestos & lead in Philly schools!

City, State, and Federal Elected Officials; City, State, and Federal Corporations

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In response to news that a longtime Philadelphia school teacher has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, members of the Fund Our Facilities Coalition, convened by the PFT, held a press conference on Wednesday to call for an immediate $100 million investment to perform lead and damaged asbestos remediation in Philadelphia's public schools.

The figure makes up the bulk of the $170 million the Coalition has been calling for since May. That students and educators have their health and safety at stake when they go to school should move all of us to immediate action. Like you, the PFT and the entire coalition is outraged and demands immediate action.

Our Coalition is clear that there is no definitive link to this teacher’s school and her diagnosis. But the fact that we must seriously consider the possibility should alarm each one of us.

This issue is not isolated to one school. Disturbed asbestos has been observed and reported in schools across the district. It is a systemic issue that we must address urgently and holistically.

The time is now to fund our facilities and care for our students and educators.

  • This petition will be delivered to elected officials as well as targeted corporations and businesses who we believe have the capacity to contribute to these efforts.

To: City, State, and Federal Elected Officials; City, State, and Federal Corporations
From: [Your Name]

The Fund Our Facilities Coalition, in partnership with the undersigned concerned individuals and partners is calling for $100 million of that funding to be invested immediately, so the District can begin the process of remediating damaged asbestos and lead in every school. That students and educators have their health and safety at stake when they go to school should move all of us to immediate action.​

We recently learned that a Philadelphia public school teacher has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma. The vast majority of mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. We are outraged and horrified.

Our Coalition is clear that there is no definitive link to this teacher’s school and her diagnosis. But the fact that we must seriously consider the possibility should alarm each one of us​.

This issue is not isolated to one school. Disturbed asbestos has been observed and reported in schools across the district. This is a systemic issue that we must address urgently and holistically.

The time is now to fund our facilities and care for our students and educators.