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Air Conditions Sit in Boxes as School Children Overheat

This would be hilarious if it weren't actually happening. 10 air conditions sit in boxes in the basement of a NYC public school because it has 18 rooms and it's better if they all overheat than some get the benefit of A.C. This is true. I'm not kidding. Pundette has more:

It's going to be hellishly hot today in New York City, where schools are still in session. No doubt lots of learning will take place in the 36% of public schools that have no air conditioning: New York City's 1.1 million public school students are still in session for another week, and just 64 percent of classrooms are air-conditioned. Temperatures are expected to hit 97 in the city both days, about 20 degrees hotter than it was in Central Park on Tuesday.
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Lawrence Hall, HSG said...

A number of "Back in my day..." folks will sit in the air-conditioning and harrumph that the children should be "tough."

Several realities obtain here:

1. Modern school buildings do not admit natural ventilation: not only are the windows very small, the windows often don't open. Some schoolrooms don't have windows at all. Sealing thirty children in an unventilated room in the heat is dangerous, stupid, cruel.

2. Children are raised in central air-conditioning / heating, depending on the season. That's not their fault, and even if the classroom could be vented, learning in a situation of extreme heat, not to mention difficulty breathing, isn't going to happen.

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