Unanimously passes bill to ensure temperature controlled classrooms

With overwhelming support from public education advocates, the Assembly Education Committee today unanimously supported A-665, a bill intended to ensure that New Jersey’s students are able to learn in classrooms maintained at appropriate temperatures. The bill, if it becomes law, would require that each school district’s temperature control policy be informed by the indoor air quality standard established by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Additionally, school districts would be required to address corrective measures, where feasible, according to the same standard.

NJEA President Marie Blistan lauded the committee’s action. “I want to thank Speaker Coughlin and the members of the Assembly Education Committee for their support of New Jersey’s children,” said Blistan. “Extreme temperatures like those that exist in too many of our schools hurt student learning. If we can air condition every movie theater in New Jersey and heat every fast-food restaurant, there is no excuse for failing to modernize our schools in order to give our students the best possible learning environment.”

Blistan urged NJEA members to call and thank Speaker Coughlin and members of the Assembly Education Committee for today’s vote.

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