Mayor de Blasio: Our Schools Are Too Hot To Learn!
More than 10,000 NYC public school classrooms (about 25%) don’t have air-conditioning. Neither do hundreds of school auditoriums, cafeterias, kitchens, or gyms. On increasingly hot days, that means sweltering classrooms. Some have reached 100 degrees. In that heat, students experience headaches, dehydration, and are too lethargic to focus. Students with asthma can't even safely attend. How can we expect teachers to teach, or students to learn in these conditions? (More information on the problem here.)
The New York City Council wants to make sure it’s not Too Hot To Learn. We are calling for:
- A five-year plan to provide A/C is every classroom and public space.
- Allocate $100 million in the School Construction Authority’s current Five-Year Capital Plan to get started on the electrical work needed to bring A/C to all schools.
- Provide $5.5 million annually for five years to purchase A/C units.
- Prioritize buildings that offer summer school, including District 75 schools for students with disabilities.
Mayor de Blasio, please support this plan in your Executive Budget this spring!
Sign the petition, and include comments about your school.