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Heat wave: Air conditioned schools would narrow the racial achievement gap

from USA Today

For millions of American kids, going back to school is an exciting time of reconnecting with friends, learning about new ideas and engaging fresh possibilities. But for too many of them, particularly racial minorities living in low-income neighborhoods, the excitement of learning is curbed by sweltering classrooms with little or no air conditioning. This is not merely a question of discomfort. Rather, our research suggests that overheated classrooms contribute to racial achievement gaps by lessening learning in a way that adds up over time and could affect future earnings potential. more


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