Thank legislators and Governor Dayton for new law on school lead testing

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The Flint water crisis has been a wake-up call to the dangers of lead in our communities. In Minnesota, there is no lead testing requirement for schools and nearly one in four schools have not tested for lead in more than five years. Even when lead is detected at high levels, there is no oversight to ensure the water becomes safe for kids to drink.

The Omnibus Education Finance bill (HF 2) requires comprehensive plans for each school district or charter school to adopt a plan for lead testing by July 1, 2018. This will mandate that drinking water be tested for lead at least once every five years, and that school district must notify parents about the results of testing.

Help us thank the legislature and Governor Dayton for taking an important step toward ensuring safe drinking water for kids across Minnesota, because we need policies that put drinking water first, and keep our kids healthy.