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BALTIMORE — Baltimore’s teacher union is calling for fans to be donated to schools as sweltering heat pushes classroom temperatures into the hundreds, but the district says electrical infrastructure may not be equipped to handle it.

The Baltimore Sun reports the union hopes to hand out 500 fans in response to a lack of functional air-conditioning in city schools, some of which have none at all.

But Baltimore Schools Chief Operations Officer Lynette Washington is warning against it, saying the buildings don’t have the electrical load to withstand it.

The union is pushing back. President Diamonté Brown is quoted by the paper as responding: “If you’re so concerned about the electricity being overloaded, then fix it.”

The paper reports the district has an almost $3 billion maintenance backlog from decades of underfunding.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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