Ore. legislative panel to look at school retrofits

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- One of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's signature priorities is getting a hearing in the Oregon Legislature.

A budget panel has scheduled a work session Tuesday to make changes to Kitzhaber's plan to put people to work installing energy-efficient technology in Oregon schools.

Proponents have dubbed the measure "cool schools." They say it would save schools money on their energy costs while creating a safer and healthier learning environment for children. But some critics question whether the retrofits would ever save enough money to justify a big upfront cost.