Second, one of the major barriers to improving the indoor environments in schools has been a lack of resources from the Department of Education -- but this is beginning to change. Since the new administration came into office last year, there has been change at the agency level with regard to these issues, real change.For the first time in my career, I'm seeing the Department of Education getting involved with the EPA on school environment and health issues. And we can't wait to see more. From the staff level all the way up to the leadership at the Department of Education, we are excited to see communication and coordination of programs for environmental health in schools. We all know that no single agency has enough resources to help schools solve all their problems, so we better work together.
At the conference, the Department of Education's General Counsel, Charles Rose, discussed the importance of the school environment and how working with EPA will be important to prioritizing children's health. This was a first, and it's very good news for school health advocates.