Thanks to an agreement between New York’s City Council and the DOE, City classrooms are about to get a dose of chill.
Starting this year, the City will dedicate $28.75 million over the next five years to purchase and install air conditioning units in all City classrooms by 2022.
Currently, approximately 11,500 classrooms across the City – 26 percent of all classrooms – do not have functioning air conditioners. Thanks to this new funding, the DOE can now provide air conditioning to over 2,000 additional classrooms in the first year of the program. Installation of the new air conditioners will begin this summer, and schools that will be among the first to receive new air conditioners include schools that are open for Summer in the City programming and other summer programs.
“Making sure that all classrooms are air conditioned is one more commitment we’re making to ensure that nothing stands in the way of our students and a quality education,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I’ve spoken with countless parents at town halls across the city and this issue has come up repeatedly. We’re investing in classrooms to create a safe, comfortable atmosphere to build on the progress our schools have made over the last few years.”
“This funding will ensure every classroom across the City has air conditioning and that all students are provided with a safe, comfortable learning environment,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Our priority is setting all students up for success, and this initiative is doing just that.”