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More schools in cooler climates now require expensive air conditioning

By Vaseline May28,2024
More schools in cooler climates now require expensive air conditioning

As heat waves move north, schools that once didn’t need air conditioning are now facing high costs to keep classrooms cool.

Anna Phillips and Veronica Penney sign up The Washington Post.


In brief:

  • Many schools built before the 1970s are experiencing higher temperatures due to climate change.
  • The estimated cost of installing air conditioning in affected schools is more than $40 billion.
  • School districts are struggling to secure funding for necessary upgrades.

Important quote:

“We’ve had situations where it was 88 degrees outside, but the real feeling in the classrooms was well over 90 degrees because of the humidity.”

– Shari Obrenski, president of the Cleveland Teachers Union

Why this is important:

Rising temperatures can disrupt education and pose health risks to students and staff. Without adequate cooling, schools could experience more closures, impacting academic performance and well-being. The situation is especially challenging for low-income districts, which may not have the resources to make these necessary improvements.

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