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Activists demand CMS transparency on lead contamination findings
Campus info should be available to parents, public
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:14 am
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

A coalition of parents and activists want Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to come clean about environmental hazards on campuses.

The groups will hold a press conference today at Little Rock AME Zion Church to demand the district release information on the extent of lead exposure in drinking water and hold CMS officials accountable for not reporting test confirmations in 27 elementary schools and failing to notify parents. Among the organizations represented at the press conference are the NAACP and Justice Action Mobilization Network.

“Keeping environmental health issues secret lacks basic decency and denies parents the right to make critical and timely decisions about protecting children,” said Brian Kasher, the coalition’s technical advisor. “Seeking medical advice, or instance, is a reasonable response to mold or lead in schools, especially for children with asthma, immune deficiency disorders or other health issues …but parents need to know about conditions to seek advice about them.”

The activists also plan to host a public forum on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. at Little Rock to address the issue and develop a community response to environmental concerns on campus.

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