Sunday, March 01, 2009

What Are The Odds?

The weatherman is forecasting a very nasty late winter storm for tonight and tomorrow. Here is how WNBC TV describes the next 24 hours or so:

March is roaring in like a lion, with most of New York and New Jersey under a winter storm warning for heavy snow from Sunday night to Monday evening. The storm could dump more than a foot of snow on New York City.

About 13 inches of snow was projected by Monday morning in Manhattan and between 10 and 14 inches in suburban Long Island. Wind gusts could near 35 mph, which will make travel very hazardous or impossible, according to the National Weather Service.

Now I've been working for the New York City Department of Education for nearly 8 years.

Mayor Moneybags and Uncle Joel Klein have been running the system for most of that time.

In all that time, there has only been 1 snow day, when Uncle Joel and Mayor Moneybags drove to City Hall in their SUV's and said kids and school staff should stay home.

So as I read tomorrow's forecast, with 13 inches, 35 mph winds and travel that is very hazardous or impossible, I'm wondering what are the odds that Moneybags and Uncle Joel drive to City Hall in their SUV's tonight and declare tomorrow a snow day for NYC schools?

I mean I know very hazardous to impossible travel sounds like a bad thing, but as Uncle Joel often brags, NYC has the most school days and the highest amount of seat time of any major urban school system and just because 13 feet of snow and 35 mph winds are making travel hazardous and nearly impossible, that doesn't mean Little Susie and Little Johnny shouldn't have to trudge into school to prep for their 8 city standardized tests and 1 state standardized test a year or teachers shouldn't have to come in for hour and a half meetings with the no-bid contract folks at McGraw-Hill over how to use those city standardized acuity test results to "inform your teaching."

That's what I'm supposed to do - meet with some faceless 20-something acuity testing bureaucrat who has never taught a day in his/her life and listen to him/her lecture me on how to utilize the tests McGraw-Hill devised under their no-bid contract.

You can imagine how I might be praying for a lot of snow tonight.

I mean a lot.

A snow day from school, well, that's all right I suppose.

But a snow day from an hour and a half professional development meeting with a faceless 20-something acuity testing bureaucrat who has never taught a day in his/her life - well as the announcer used to say in those awful Visa commercials - that's priceless!!!
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