A recent study out of the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the
blood lead levels of third graders between 2003 and 2006—students now
likely to be roaming the halls at CPS high schools. It turns out that at
three-quarters of Chicago's 464 elementary schools, the students'
average blood lead level was high enough to be considered poisoned,
according to standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. And although lead poisoning is rarely mentioned in the
debate on how to improve schools, the UIC research shows just how much
it may be damaging kids' ability to succeed. According to the study,
lead-poisoned students in Chicago Public Schools are more likely to fail the third grade and score notably lower on their yearly standardized tests. For full article follow link http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/high-lead-toxicity-in-chicago-public-schools/Content?oid=7819530&storyPage=3
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