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Hawaii lawmakers call for more action on sweltering schools

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers are calling on the Department of Education to take more action to cool Hawaii's sweltering schools.

The issue was heightened when an elementary school teacher drove herself to the hospital with symptoms of heat exhaustion this week.

Rep. Sylvia Luke says the Legislature set aside $258 million for school capital improvement projects in the two-year budget that began in July. But she says the Department of Education hasn't dedicated enough of that money to air conditioning, and they really need to prioritize.

Senior Assistant Superintendent Amy Kunz says the department is working as fast as it can to improve the situation for students and staff. She says they're responding to the extremely high temperatures this year by buying and installing portable air conditioners.

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