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Classrooms May Get Cooler with New Temperature Limit Bill

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New York classrooms might soon be cooler if a new bill setting a maximum classroom temperature becomes law.

The bill, supported by NYSUT, the state’s teachers union, requires schools to have a plan for temperatures over 82 degrees, such as turning off lights, lowering shades, and using fans. At 88 degrees, classrooms may be evacuated.

The bill has bipartisan support and awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.

NYSUT President Melinda Person emphasized the importance of comfortable learning environments, saying the costs are worth it for students and staff.