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Mayor orders air conditioning for Chicago schools

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Associated Press

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered that air conditioning be added to every classroom in the Chicago Public Schools during the next five years.

The mayor's office made the announcement Tuesday. More than 200 schools currently don't have air conditioning in every classroom. That's about 30 percent of the district's schools.

Oppressively hot weather at the start of the current school year prompted the school district to provide hundreds of fans to make students more comfortable.

Additional air conditioning systems will be installed beginning this summer. The school district's capital budget will pay for the upgrades.

Last year, air conditioning was installed at 70 schools.

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