Our Schools Are Too Hot To Learn!
On too many days, in over 10,000 classrooms (about 25%), it is simply #TooHotToLearn. In those rooms, rising temperatures have made it unbearable on an increasing number of hot days in May, June, September, and October. Students and teachers report sweltering classrooms. Some have reached 100 degrees. In that heat, students experience headaches, dehydration, and are unable to focus. Students with asthma can’t even safely attend.
How can we expect teachers to teach, or students to learn?
The New York City Council is fighting to make sure it’s never Too Hot To Learn. We are calling for Mayor de Blasio to include in his Spring budget:
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.
Help us keep our kids safe and sign this petition to urge Mayor de Blasio to implement the Council's proposal to ensure that NYC's public schools get the much needed relief they deserve.
This journey started for us last fall (on an 80-degree day in October) when we launched the #TooHotToLearn campaign with a survey to learn more about the impacts of hot classrooms on our kids, educators and school workers. Informed by over 400 responses across all five boroughs and data from the SCA, the “Too Hot to Learn!” report reveals 10,985 classrooms (in over 1,178 schools) in need of A/C.
In early March, we gathered with NYC public school students, teachers, administrators, labor leaders, our colleagues in the City Council, Public Advocate Letitia James and Comptroller Scott Stringer to demand better for our kids (as reported in the Daily News and DNA Info). The most powerful part of that rally were the testimonies given by students -- two from our very own district. Sam Levine, student council president at MS51 told his story about temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees on the third floor, and that his favorite class was the one that had the A/C. Melissa Lembrouk, a 5th grader at PS 32, talked about how she and her friends make paper fans to beat the heat and shared how difficult it can be to take tests during the hottest school months of the year.
We’re close to sealing the deal on this but we need your support as we continue to push Mayor de Blasio to support our plan. If you can -- please forward this email to other parents and educators you might know.
Your support is appreciated and together we can make sure we have classrooms where all our kids can learn.