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Too Hot to Learn: Records Show Nearly a Dozen of the Biggest School Districts Lack Air Conditioning

Students in most of the country’s largest school districts don’t have to sit in sweltering classrooms as they try to figure out the mystery of physics, master the building blocks of reading, or decipher the meaning of Macbeth.

Most, but not all, of those sizable districts — stretching from Long Beach, California, to Philadelphia — are air-conditioned, according to responses to public records requests filed by The 74. Forty-five of the nation’s 50 biggest school districts replied to public information queries about whether their classrooms had air conditioning, with 34 reporting that all or virtually all of them were.