Heeding to longstanding complaints about sweltering classrooms, the Legislature and governor have finally done something about it.

Gov. David Ige signed into law on Thursday legislation that spends $100 million to fund equipment and installation costs for air conditioning in public schools statewide, as well as heat-abatement and energy-efficiency measures.

“Cooling our schools has been my highest priority and we are thankful that our legislators got behind this initiative to make funds quickly available so the Department of Education can continue its work,” Ige said in a statement.

Cool keiki: The governor and happy students and teachers.
Chillin’: The governor and happy students and teachers. Ige Administration

He added, “Our students and teachers deserve safe and comfortable learning spaces so students can thrive. We will cool classrooms in energy-efficient ways, starting with the classrooms that need it most.”

Sen. President Ron Kouchi, Speaker Joe Souki, Ways and Means Chair Jill Tokuda and House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke were more than happy to make that happen, albeit paying for it with general funds rather than using money from a green energy marketing fund.

The administration says that documents are “being processed and recorded to make monies available as early as next week to start cooling our schools.”

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