Parents push Healthy Schools Act to ban toxic pesticides

September 22, 2010 8:04:30 PM PDT
Parents, teachers, and state lawmakers are urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the Healthy Schools Act of 2010.

It would require schools to use the least toxic chemicals possible in the battle against bugs like ants and spiders by 2014. Some pesticides currently in widespread use have been linked to developmental problems and even cancer.

"And I think most parents, they are very concerned about cancer and different diseases that can be brought on by pesticides, and that's why they're going to organics. So if they're doing it with their foods it only make sense than that we do it in our schools because kids are rolling in the grass and playing," says parent Glayol Sahba.

The governor has taken no formal position on the Healthy Schools Act. He has until the end of the month to make a decision on the bill.