Home-schooled kids are usually easy marks. As Mean Girls pointed out, home-schooled kids tend to be stereotyped as spelling whizzes or religious nuts. But maybe the parents who lock their kids away from basic social interaction are on to something.
In what has to be considered a black eye for the Fenty administration, DC public schools will not be prepared for the first day of classes on August 27. Three thousand classrooms currently lack air conditioning. The average high temperature in DC in August is 86 degrees Fahrenheit. If I were a student, I would prefer A/C.
Air conditioning is a nice little luxury, but what about heat? DC classrooms don't have that either. Twenty schools were temporarily closed last year due to a lack of heating in the classrooms. The problems haven't been fixed. DC has until October 15 to fix this. In the meantine, the air conditioning will just have to wait.
Oh, and there aren't enough textbooks to go around. Not only are the schools uncomfortable, they're also impotent. Kids can go have some hands-on learning with dealing with uncomfortable environments. After that, the education stops.
I can not fathom how it got to this point. Twenty school closures and we're just now getting to fixing the problem? Three thousand classrooms without air conditioning in a city with a ruthlessly hot climate? No textbooks? How can a parent feel good about sending their kids to these schools? Fenty ran under a platform of changing the schools. Basically the platform that everyone runs on and the public continues to buy hook, line, and sinker. But it's the same old shit. Expecting wholesale changes in one year is a bit too much to ask. I'm not that naive. But, Christ, they still haven't fixed the heating? That's the issue that's fallen through the cracks?
I continue to applaud myself for not voting for this man.
UPDATE: I find it hard to keep a link to the terrible Examiner up when the Post has an article concerning the same problems. Here's something notable:
At a news conference yesterday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) promised that this would be the last year of such textbook debacles and said the city is updating school heating and air-conditioning systems.
I am now very, very excited for July 31, 2008.