Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the NAACP have asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether schools without air conditioning in low-income Baltimore-area communities is a civil rights issue.
Temperatures have skyrocketed in classrooms since the start of school in August, with some parents reporting rooms so warm that crayons melted. 36 schools in Baltimore County still don’t have A/C, along with 76 school buildings in Baltimore City. They house 50,000 children and are in “historically low-income communities,” Franchot says.
"These students deserve to have the same educational experience as Maryland students who are privileged to live in more affluent communities," he wrote. "It's time that these issues are addressed, and we respectfully hope you concur."
The Department of Justice did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.