January 12, 2011, 5:11 am
New York City Public Schools Are Open
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
The Department of Education announced early on Wednesday morning that all public schools in New York City will be open despite the winter storm.
Cathleen P. Black, the new school’s chancellor, made the announcement at 5 a.m.
All field trips are cancelled.
Most private schools, however, are closed.
In a press release, the department noted that the city’s public schools have only closed six times since 1978, with a total of eight days of classes lost.
Personally I think it is a waste of tax payer money. I went to school in NYC and on the days when school should be closed but is not because of politics, such as today, most students don’t show up, half the teachers and staff don’t or cant show up either. So what happens is students spend all day in tax payer funded daycare watching movies and playing board games. Absolutely no learning happens today. The teachers who do or can make it to school get a paid day and all the have to is keep the kids entertained. The parents get free babysitting and the politicians get to say they kept schools open, but the students still loose a day of learning, and unlike during real snow days they don't have to make those days up.