City Paper is not for tourists
Everything’s closed, we got tons of snow, there’s more in the forecast. Yeah, we know all of the above.
What we really want to know is what happened within the administration of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty between roughly 5 pm and 9 pm. At the former hour, his people put out the word that the D.C. public schools would open a mere two hours late. What ambition!
That shocker came on the heels of a blizzard of far more cautious announcements: Montgomery County schools would be closed until Wednesday. And the school systems in just about every other regional county were counting Monday out, easy.
So on what twisted logic did Fenty and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee actually believe that they could get teachers and students past impassible streets and sidewalks and into their often out-of-boundary schools? That would be question No. 1.
Question No. 2, logically, is who screamed at them following the 5 pm two-hours-late announcement and talked some sense into them? Was it the teachers? Hard to suppose that this group would have swayed the powers that be. Was it parents? Doubt it—-parents want the schools to stay open. Was it Peter Nickles? Again, doubt it—-Mr. Hard Guy couldn’t be expected to advocate for such softness.
We’re waiting for answers.