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READING, WRITING, AND ASBESTOS: REPORTING ON SCHOOL INFRASTRUCTURE AND MODERNIZATION

When it comes to education, the physical condition of classrooms and schools can influence the teaching and learning that happens inside.Exposure to mold, lead, asbestos, and similar hazards can have lifelong impacts on students’ health. And schools may be forced to temporarily close when ancient heating and cooling systems fail.Public school officials across the nation struggle to keep up with needed renovations, repairs, and modernization. The state of school infrastructure, as well as efforts to fund new buildings and maintain existing ones, offer rich fodder for meaningful reporting.