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Philadelphia Inquirer: State of Phila.'s school buildings is a worry, too

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Even as the Philadelphia School District grapples with a high-profile financial crisis, its leaders must also fight a quieter, more insidious, and potentially far more expensive problem: maintaining its aging portfolio of more than 200 schools.

With an average age of 63, the buildings are beset with issues familiar to any owner of an old house: mold, lead paint, asbestos - all health hazards, especially for children.

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