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.

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signed via 2018-01-08 14:29:01 -0500
signed via 2018-01-08 13:46:55 -0500
signed 2018-01-08 10:58:44 -0500
My sons classroom in PS 32 is way too hot!
signed 2017-06-27 13:53:04 -0400
signed 2017-05-17 17:05:37 -0400
signed 2017-05-13 20:19:07 -0400
signed 2017-05-02 23:02:50 -0400
signed 2017-04-25 11:51:04 -0400
signed 2017-04-25 10:21:53 -0400
signed 2017-04-25 08:33:31 -0400
signed 2017-04-24 23:00:16 -0400
signed 2017-04-24 11:30:37 -0400
My son’s genetic disorder makes it impossible for him to sweat. He could not ever learn in a hot classroom – it was like torture. Neither should others have to suffer. Give our kids the tools and environment they need to succeed. Thanks.
signed 2017-04-24 11:21:36 -0400
signed 2017-04-24 10:50:11 -0400
Having air conditioning for use in May, June and September would really make a difference in my students ability to focus, concentrate and enjoy being in class during those really hot and humid days.
signed 2017-04-23 08:33:42 -0400
The lack of AC in some schools — which are much more likely to be schools with high-poverty populations — is a prime of example of inequity in our public school system. This must be addressed immediately.
signed 2017-04-21 15:40:56 -0400
signed 2017-04-21 00:36:38 -0400
#PassiveHouseBuild albeit #FinancialConservatism, no lead in water filtration or kill them from heat dehydration.
signed 2017-04-20 23:42:36 -0400
signed 2017-04-20 23:09:58 -0400
Fedelia edwin
signed 2017-04-20 12:14:58 -0400
They need a a/c
signed 2017-04-20 12:04:11 -0400
signed 2017-04-20 01:17:14 -0400
signed 2017-04-19 20:39:02 -0400
signed 2017-04-19 19:50:42 -0400
It’s too hot to teach, too!
signed 2017-04-19 09:09:59 -0400
signed 2017-04-19 08:48:46 -0400
signed 2017-04-18 21:17:52 -0400
signed 2017-04-18 15:35:36 -0400
signed 2017-04-18 15:12:24 -0400
My kid went to the nurse three times one week in September 2016. I wonder if he’ll pass that number this year? How much longer do NYC public school kids have to wait? I bet the DoE headquarters at Tweed are air-conditioned; would anyone work there if they weren’t? Please address this unacceptable situation ASAP and thanks to Brad Lander for pushing it.

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signed via 2017-04-17 22:11:58 -0400
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