Special Report

States Where Schools Have the Most Toxic Air

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17. New Jersey
> Avg toxic air hazard score: 4,563
> Top chemical affecting schools in the state: Lead compounds
> Avg public spending per pupil: $20,630 – 4th highest
> Poverty rate: 9.7% – 6th lowest

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16. Virginia
> Avg toxic air hazard score: 4,577
> Top chemical affecting schools in the state: Lead compounds
> Avg public spending per pupil: $12,905 – 23rd highest
> Poverty rate: 10.0% – 10th lowest

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15. Missouri
> Avg toxic air hazard score: 5,023
> Top chemical affecting schools in the state: Nickel
> Avg public spending per pupil: $11,249 – 18th lowest
> Poverty rate: 13.0% – 19th highest

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14. Kentucky
> Avg toxic air hazard score: 5,329
> Top chemical affecting schools in the state: Nickel
> Avg public spending per pupil: $11,397 – 20th lowest
> Poverty rate: 16.6% – 5th highest

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13. Illinois
> Avg toxic air hazard score: 5,652
> Top chemical affecting schools in the state: Manganese
> Avg public spending per pupil: $17,340 – 8th highest
> Poverty rate: 12.0% – 25th lowest

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