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Environment: Kresge Foundation

The key to success in school could be as basic as the air we breathe. U-M researchers Paul Mohai and Byoung-Suk Kweon are looking for links between toxic air exposures and absenteeism, test scores, school dropout rates and health in school-aged children. With the help of a three-year grant from the Kresge Foundation, the study will combine census, air quality and school district information to find out where schools, poverty and air pollution connect. School-aged children are not represented in most pollution research, but are possibly the most vulnerable according to Professor Mohai. By studying the link between environmental quality and school performance, the findings could be used to re-evaluate state and local policies of where schools should be located



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