Capitol rally to push for cooler classrooms

Campbell students recorded 95 degree temperatures in August

Published  7:21 AM HST Sep 26, 2013

Students and teachers from more than 23 public schools from across the state are expected to participate in a rally at the State Capitol Thursday calling on lawmakers to provide cooler classrooms, which could involve air conditioning.

On the Ewa Plains, one school in particular says their classrooms have become a heat box.

Campbell High School, which is one the schools participating in the rally, say their classrooms can get up to 90 degrees and hotter.  In fact, just last month on Aug. 19, students recorded temperatures that reached 95 degrees.

Teachers say the small enclosed area with up to 38 students creates an uncomfortable learning environment and they see the impact it has on student performance.

National studies about this very topic show that temperatures above 78 degrees produce harmful physiological effects that decrease work efficiency and output.

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