Do you think Ohio should put air conditioners in schools? One local lawmaker thinks so


State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, has requested an estimate to install air conditioners into every Ohio school, according to a release. 

“Today, a number of school districts in the Miami Valley announced early dismissals due to extreme heat. In the 21st Century, it is unacceptable for our school buildings to not be air conditioned. This is disrupting our students’ learning. As well, even on hot days that do not cause a school closure, the heat is creating a hostile environment to teaching and learning. Every school in Ohio should be air conditioned,” Antani said in his letter.

OTHER NEWS: Several schools dismiss early, cancel classes Wednesday because of heat

“I am requesting you and the Ohio Department of Education to report to my office a cost estimate to air condition every school building in Ohio that does not already have air conditioning,” he continued.

Democrat Zach Dickerson, Antani’s opponent, tweeted News Center 7 saying, “It’s disappointing and shocking that he’s been in office for four years while this has been a problem. But now that it’s time for his re-election, he decides to do something about it. If I represented this district I would’ve done something about it a long time ago.”

DeMaria, state superintendent of the Department of Education, has yet to comment.

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