There is a joke among families who spend $30,000 or so send their kids to private schools that the more they pay in tuition, the fewer days their kids are in class. There is no ratio of dollars to school days, but at least some private schools don’t have to stay open as long as public schools do each year.
How hard can it be to decide whether to close a school for bad weather? To find out I called a household where the husband and wife both make the decisions for the two private D.C. schools they head--Georgetown Day School and Beauvoir, the National Cathedral elementary school. There are factors that go into the decision that you might never consider.
| February 7, 2010; 2:39 PM ET |
Categories: D.C. Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Private Schools | Tags: closing schools
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In the category of “some folks will find any and every stupid little thing with which to bash President Obama:” The commander in chief is being ridiculed by bloggers on the Internet over his use last week of a teleprompter when he went to an elementary school in Virginia to give a speech about his education program. Obama went to Graham Road Elementary School last week to talk about “Race to the Top,” and while he was there, to have a talk with sixth graders. The bloggers are accusing him of using the teleprompter to talk to the kids. Of course, any sixth grader who wasn’t there could figure out that that wasn’t what he did.
If you ever labored under the illusion that kids who attend fancy private schools that cost $30,000 a year are any more insulated from scandal than anyone else, the arrest of a veteran Sidwell Friends School teacher on sexual abuse charges should dispel you of it. Year after year, bad things are reported at elite private schools, just like they are at public schools. Private school students have been caught printing counterfeit money to cover gambling debts, running mini prostitute rings; private school administrators have been caught stealing money, sleeping with students, and even committing murder. Human behavior--and misbehavior--doesn't stop at the walls of any elite institution. Any of the people connected with any of the expensive private schools have no bigger claim to a higher morality than anybody else. Attendance means nothing but the ability to attend.
The NAEP results showing better math/reading scores for students in private schools may not be a result of anything the private school did.
This is a parent’s school nightmare: You decide that your local public school is not what you want for your child, and you find the money to pay tuition at a private religious school. One morning when you drop your...