- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City has dedicated nearly $29 million over the next five years to buy and install air conditioning units in all of its classrooms.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday that that “countless parents” have raised the issue at town hall meetings.

Council Member Brad Lander says hot classrooms make it hard for kids and teachers to concentrate. He says some students with asthma or special needs could not attend classes because of the heat - and some kids have even fainted.

About 11,500 classrooms - 26 percent - currently lack air conditioning.

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