“I am disheartened to hear of the discovery of lead and cooper in the water of 19 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) buildings, including Vernor Elementary, Bow Elementary and Ludington Magnet Middle School. Given the crisis in Flint, as well as other infrastructure issues we have faced across the state in the last year, it is becoming clearer with each passing day that we cannot afford to run Michigan like a business. Too often, the model has been to not address something until it causes a problem, but by then it is often too late. I’m pleased that Detroit Public Schools took measures to test the water and implement procedures to protect our children from harm. My office is looking ahead to the work that must be done, in conjunction with DPS leadership, to address the lead issue within our schools, and plan our next steps in the coming months as we focus on the health and safety of our children.”