After Water Crisis, Flint Students to Be Screened for Disabilities

 

https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-04-09/flint-students-to-be-screened-for-disabilities-after-water-crisis

 Water fountains at Flint Northwestern High School in 2016

Water fountains at Flint Northwestern High School in 2016

The water crisis in Flint in the past two years is another instance of money over matter - by saving money, the Flint district overlooked the safety of it's children. Now every public school student in Flint, Michigan, will be eligible for disability screening in the wake of the city's water crisis, which beginning in 2014 is believed to have exposed thousands of school-aged children to potentially harmful levels of lead.

Widespread exposure to high levels of lead, can impair cognition and is associated with learning and behavioral challenges, and threatens to overwhelm a school system already struggling with a high rate of special needs students.

While the lawsuit specifically takes on the impact of the city's water crisis on students with disabilities, it also catapults the issue into the broader, national debate over funding and services for students with disabilities.