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Teachers, students to rally for air conditioners in public schools

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Teachers, parents and students are planning on turning up the heat on state lawmakers during a rally at the state capitol later this month.

The goal? To get air conditioners into public school classrooms.

Images sent by several schools to Hawaii News Now show high temperatures in classrooms, and teachers participating in the rally say the heat negatively affects student performance and behavior.

"Without air-conditioning, classroom temperatures can reach up to 95 degrees," said Brandy Davis, a French teacher at Campbell High School. "The extremely hot environment is debilitating and students have a difficult time concentrating and often perform poorly due to the discomfort of the heat."

The Department of Education says that money is tight, but several schools have been prioritized for air conditioner installations.

The rally is planned for September 26, 2013.

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