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Newton looks at air-conditioning elementary school

The most controversial issue in designing Newton’s new Angier Elementary School comes down to this simple question: To cool or not to cool?

Newton school officials and aldermen are wrestling with whether installing air conditioning at an elementary school for the first time marks a luxury for the city or a nod to the necessities of modern education. The issue has raised touchy questions about need, equity, a changing culture, and long-term costs.

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