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Opinion

Why are schools left to swelter in the heat?

I recently saw a television news report on several non-air conditioned schools, including Chase Elementary in eastern Baltimore County. The staff and kids there have suffered enough.

I was told by a teacher that it was 100 degrees in the cafeteria one day last week when the kids were having lunch. Why are they being told that they will get air-conditioning in a 76-year-old building? Why isn't a new school in the works?

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Is it because this is a low-income area with lots of turnover in the student population? The school district has emergency snow plans, why can't they have emergency heat plans?

Why can't low cost fans be placed in each room? Why can't non-air conditioned schools let out early? And as to Chase: where is the PTA? Where is the principal? Where is the teachers' union? Where is Superintendent Dallas Dance?

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Oh wait, Gov. Larry Hogan has allocated millions for school renovation. But how does that help Chase right now?

Faye Zydalis


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