Jokes are often made about elderly people telling youngsters how tough they had it when they were young, especially going to school. For those of a certain age, there may be a certain element of truth to their stories. In the warmer areas of the country, classrooms in May, June and September could be exceptionally hot in the past. Now, of course, just about every school in those areas is air conditioned. The first public elementary school to be air- conditioned was the Belaire School in San Angelo, Texas, which opened this month in 1955. Now, more than 64 million students attend public schools across the nation each year. You can find more facts about America’s people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at <www.census.gov>.
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