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No School? No Way, Montgomery County Superintendent Says

Montgomery County, Md., Schools Chief Jerry Weast has rejected an on-line petition from students and parents to declare a day off from classes Jan. 20 for the inauguration, reports the Post's Marc Fisher.

Among his arguments: Weast says it's "unrealistic" to believe that many MoCo students would actually head downtown to brave the massive crowds expected for the Obama inaugural. And he argues that they'd learn and see more if they stay in school and watch on TV with their classmates and teachers.

By David A Nakamura  |  November 18, 2008; 1:51 PM ET  | Category:  Swearing-in Ceremony
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I believe that the kids and teachers should have the day off. It is history in the making and with the diversity in Montgomery County I am betting many will go to see our new President. Many parents that work downtown will be off because of the inauguration traffic and will choose to stay at home. Mr Weast should be more concerned about our county budget then a once in a lifetime history in the making.

Posted by: summerbsb | November 18, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Hello Washington Post!
When this Obama will change "White House" to "Black House"
Maybe it's American People desire by choose this Obama. The "White House" is an icon for American People . It's over know.
Good Bye America.

Posted by: sitindjak | November 19, 2008 6:59 AM | Report abuse

I think that Inauguration Day should be a "learning experience" for the children. They should read about past inaugurations, make posters and hold discussions and workshops. On inauguration day, all the students gather in the lunch room or gym and watch the whole thing on TV. If the schools are closed they will just hang with their friends and to movies or the mall. What learning is that?

Posted by: PalmSpringsGirl | November 19, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

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