"Former principal of inner-city elementary school delivers lecture at college
Dr. Ralph Spezio, a former urban elementary school principal, said he transformed Enrico Fermi School No. 17 from a disheveled, unfit learning environment into a community-focused "model school." However, even then they faced significant learning and behavioral problems with a large core of their students.
Then Spezio discovered that because of old urban housing, poorly maintained rental properties and deteriorating paint made from a "potent neurotoxin," many of these children were beginning life with significant mental disadvantages."