Michigan must pay millions to help test how lead affected Flint kids.
The Michigan Department of Education and local school districts have partially settled a lawsuit. The suit argued that schools were failing to recognize developmental disorders found in children exposed to lead. Lead exposure can lead to a lower IQ, shorter attention span and “reduced education attainment.”
Officials said the money will be given to an existing registry that has been set up to help link families with health services. Families will have the option to put their kids on the registry, which would lead to tests to determine specific educational needs. Up to 30,000 people could be eligible for the registry.
Local activists say the partial settlement is a big win in the ongoing battle in Flint. It’s been 4 years since the city switched its water source and used water from the flint river without proper treatment. On April 6, Michigan’s governor announced the city’s water was safe to drink without a filter. Tests have shown lead in the water supply is not below the federal limit. As a result, the state is ending a free bottled water program, which was part of a $450 million state and federal aid package.