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Students rally at State Capitol for cool schools

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HONOLULU (AP) - Students from Campbell High School in Ewa Beach are pushing for cooler classrooms.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports nearly 500 students and teachers rallied Thursday at the state Capitol to seek air conditioning that could make studying more tolerable.

Junior Precious Guieb says temperatures in the 90s make students feel like fainting or falling asleep.

Students are measuring classroom temperatures and analyzing the data as part of a yearlong effort to encourage state lawmakers to pay for air conditioning at more schools.

Only a dozen of 255 campuses have central air conditioning.

Social studies teacher Corey Rosenlee says students at 23 other schools have sent letters to legislators.

The Hawaii Department of Education in 2007 estimated the cost of air conditioning in all schools at $1 billion.

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