NYC says all classrooms have air conditioning, but gaps remain

NYC says all classrooms have air conditioning, but gaps remain

Days before the school year started, New York City officials said they made good on a major promise: ensuring every public school classroom has air conditioning.

But as students and educators returned to their classrooms, some were still sweltering.

A Queens parent said her kindergarten son came home during the opening weeks of school flushed and sweaty. A Bronx student interrupted her teacher multiple times to complain about the heat. And a Brooklyn high school teacher fears his students will continue to cope by dragging their desks into the hallway to catch a whiff of cool air from other rooms with AC.

Five years ago, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio promised universal air conditioning by 2022. The city has made big strides, pouring more than $400 million into upgrading electrical systems and purchasing air conditioners for nearly 17,000 additional spaces — roughly 28% of classrooms citywide.

It’s a significant accomplishment given aging infrastructure in many school buildings. And the upgrades bring some relief as climate change will likely spur longer and more frequent heat waves.

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