Training For Life In Any Democrat-Run City

There was a bit of a blizzard in the Twin Cities on Monday night.

Which is apparently a brand new thing to Saint Paul schools:

St. Paul schoolchildren were still on buses or remained at a handful of public schools at 9 p.m. Monday, a district spokesperson said.

Toya Stewart Downey did not say how many kids were still affected by the delays caused by Monday’s storm. Shortly before 8 p.m. a number of bus delays were reported on the district’s website, and many bus routes indicated they were three or more hours behind.

Stewart Downey said about 7:30 p.m. that several schools reported buses scheduled to arrive at 4 p.m. had yet to do so.

Now, just as a personal aside, the Transportation Department at the SPPS is the one government body in the United States that can’t look at Victor Maduro’s Venezuela and criticize.  I’m not sure if their motto is “Do A Bad Job Arrogantly”, but it sure could be.

Now, some parents were unamused and unimpressed with the district’s explanation:

many parents expressed their frustration and concern via social media and in emails and calls to the KSTP newsroom.

A post on the district’s Facebook page, which had more than 160 “likes” as of Tuesday morning, stated,  “‘Had we known…’ Are you even serious? Every forecast in the region was clear. The stress and strain you put on families and the children you put in danger when you put them on the roads tonight was absolutely unacceptable. Take responsibility. This was nothing short of very poor planning. Not only did you have a pretty clear radar as early as yesterday, you had enough snow by noon to know what the afternoon would look like. On the other hand, the teachers, aides, students, and parents went above and beyond as usual.”

Another post on the district’s Facebook page stated, in part, “Absolutely unacceptable does not even begin to describe what happened here. I trust that every single senior member of this school district is still in their seats at their desks and will remain so until every last student is home safely, which I understand the police are currently working on.”

Of course, 80-odd percent of these parents will vote for the DFL-endorsed school board that has made not only their kids transportation a sloppy mess, but their education too.

Wonder if charter school kids had that problem?

5 thoughts on “Training For Life In Any Democrat-Run City

  1. My daughter takes music lessons at a private music school in St Paul. The classes are in the morning. They cancelled classes the night before, in advance of seeing any snow. While I think that approach would have been premature for the public schools, the weather forecast definitely predicted lots of snow. And once the flurries actually happened, school should have been dismissed early. There was definitely no excuse for not letting out then.

  2. Of course, 80-odd percent of these parents will vote for the DFL-endorsed school board that has made not only their kids transportation a sloppy mess, but their education too.

    I don’t think this point can be under-emphasized. Unless, of course, the whole fiasco can somehow be blamed on Trump. I await the voices of the Emerys and/or Penigma in this regard.

  3. Now, Mitch, they’re about to learn the biggest lesson from living in a DFL controlled city: accountability is for the little guy. If you don’t believe me, just see what the repercussions are for the superintendent who made that call that made some SPPS kids get home after midnight.

    In this case nothing will happen because the superintendent only had a massive screwup that impacted the students. It’s not like he crossed the teachers’ union on even a minor point, after all! In that case, his head would have already been mounted in the union’s hall.

  4. One TV news reporter breathlessly reported kids getting home after 10:00 PM and one young kid got home at 12:05 the next morning.

    I find that difficult to believe. Were parents sitting home waiting? I would have begged a neighbor with a 4WD truck to bring me to the bus to get my kids. Reports said these were “the youngest” kids. They get bused short distances; I would have walked to find my kid. The stuck buses were not on remote county roads in out-state counties.

    The superintendent said this will affect their decision making in the future. Oh yes it will. At the first thought of snowflakes (the ones in the sky, not the school board offices) classes are going to be cancelled. Parents of young SPPC students you’d better have readily available backup daycare plans in place. I’d say from October until April.

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