Rally for NYC School Air-Conditioning: Tues, 3/7 at 4 P.M.

Rally for NYC School Air-Conditioning: Tues, 3/7 at 4 P.M.

In October, hundreds of student, teachers, and parents responded to a New York City Council survey about air-conditioning in your schools.

What you told us: in hundreds of NYC public schools, on too many days, it’s simply too hot to learn.

In response, we are launching the #TooHotToLearn campaign, to demand that the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) & Department of Education (DOE) develop a plan & provide the necessary funding to get A/C in all of our classrooms & public spaces.

We hope you will join us for the campaign kickoff:

What: #TooHotToLearn Campaign Launch
When: Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 PM
Where: City Hall Steps, New York, NY 10007

Please RSVP here.

The rally will take place on the afternoon before the SCA/DOE budget hearing, so we need a great turnout of students, parents, and teachers to make sure our voices are heard.

We’ll release our report at the press conference -- but you already know the reality from own schools. Here’s just a little of what we heard:

One student had to be carried down 5 flights of stairs to the nurse’s office because of the heat. - Middle School Teacher (Bronx)

Students become lethargic and lack focus, making it hard for them to learn. Those who suffer from asthma will most likely be absent from school. - Elementary School Teacher (Staten Island)

We had a science fair last year in our school auditorium and a visiting parent passed out from the heat. - Middle School Parent (Brooklyn)

During our two lunch periods, many of our students do not eat their lunch as a result of being too hot...student altercations also increase in the hot weather due to shortened tempers. - Elementary School Adminstrator (Bronx)

When many of our schools were built 100 years ago, it was just not as hot. But as a result of climate change, every year there are more days in May, June, and September when the thermostat in many of our classrooms rises above 80, 90, even 100 degrees. Our kids just can’t learn when it’s that hot.

This is an issue of equity and fairness as well. Schools with wealthier PTAs are able to raise money for window A/C units (if a broader electrical upgrade is not needed). But low-income schools generally have no path at all.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 7th at 4:00 PM at City Hall. And RSVP here to let us know you’re coming.

Thanks for standing up for our kids,

Sincerely,

Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Rafael Salmanca, and Council Member Costa Constantinides

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