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Indoor Air Quality in Texas Schools

Students at Pin Oak Middle School and Houston Independent School District. Students at Pin Oak Middle School and Houston Independent School District. The school and district have enrolled more than 50 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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Secretary Spellings with Texas Governor Perry Secretary Spellings with Texas Governor Perry, ED Assistant Secretary Simon, ED Assistant Secretary Sullivan, and staff and students of Pin Oak Middle School and Houston Independent School District. The school and district are serving more 50 students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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TEXAS has 18 school districts in the top 100 largest school districts in the USA serving 1.3 million students.

The Houston TX area has 7 of the top 100 largest school districts and are serving 500,000 students.

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Top 100 Largest US School Districts Texas Ranking Students
Houston Independent School District # 7 210,000 Students
Dallas Independent School District #14 161,000 Students
Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District #35 86,000 Students
Austin Independent School District #36 81,000 Students
Fort Worth Independent School District #38 80,000 Students
Northside Independent School District #40 78,000 Students
Fort Bend Independent School District #54 66,000 Students
El Paso Independent School District #58 63,000 Students
Arlington Independent School District #59 63,000 Students
North East Independent School District #64 59,000 Students
Aldine Independent School District #70 58,000 Students
Garland Independent School District #71 57,000 Students
San Antonio Independent School District #74 56,000 Students
Plano Independent School District #78 53,000 Students
Pasadena Independent School District #89 49,000 Students
Brownsville Independent School District #94 48,000 Students
Katy Independent School District #95 48,000 Students
Alief Independent School District #99 47,000 Students

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Indoor Air Quality in Texas Schools

Asthma is the most common childhood disease.

This picture shows that the 0.5 micron particles are deposited deep in the Lung's Alveoli.

Asthma is the most common childhood disease. This picture shows that the 0.5 micron particles are deposited deep in the Lung's Alveoli.

This graph shows that the student's lungs alveoli can filter the air 18% better than some school's air conditioning air filters.

This graph shows that the student's lungs alveoli can filter the air 18% better than the school's air conditioning air filters.

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Indoor Air Pollution from the school buses and the 5 minute class change.

Indoor Air Pollution enters the school through the school entrance. School buses bring students to the school and the fumes from the diesel bus get sucked into the school building.
School buses bring students to the school and the diesel bus emission fumes get sucked into the school building.

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5 Minute Class Change
Indoor air pollution is created in the hallway during the 5 minute class change. Indoor air pollution is created in the hallway during the 5 minute class change.
During the 5 minute class change, a 12 year old student will breath in more particles that reach the Lungs Alveoli. During the 5 minute class change, a student will breathe in more particles that reach the Lungs Alveoli.
The outdoor air during rush hour traffic is cleaners then the school's indoor air during class change. At a Texas High School with 3000+ students, there were more airborne >0.5 micron particles in the hallway during class change than outdoors during rush hour traffic!

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07/24/2008