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Why the longest heat wave of the year didn't close Baltimore city schools

Baltimore City's opening week also marked the longest heat wave of the year, spurring several complaints about the conditions that students and staff endured in the state's oldest school buildings. Temperatures started rising Tuesday, as did the number of complaints on social media and The Sun's phones. Many wondered just how hot it needed to get before officials considered closing schools. About half of the city's 180 school buildings have air conditioning. On Friday, following inquiries from The Sun and others, the district posted a message on its Facebook page: "If you have concerns about your child’s health and well-being as a result of this...

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