My school system in Arlington County, Virginia, is needlessly closing tomorrow. Supposedly it is for the “weather,” but the school system admits that actually, “the primary and neighborhood roads in Arlington are clear and our schools are ready.” Why then, are they closing? Because some teachers have kids, and some of those teachers complain they are having difficulty finding decent childcare options for those kids! As the lawyer Clark Neily notes, “they’re going to go ahead and pass that inconvenience on to us—while billing us for the privilege, of course.”
This is the same school system that is considering getting rid of grades on homework and allowing constant lateness and retakes on work. The school system claims that is about promoting “equity,” but eliminating grading also reduces work for the teachers, which may be something their union wants (on the other hand, allowing retakes is probably something teachers don’t want).
As I explain at this link, abolishing grades for homework will result in students studying less and learning less. The Arlington school board can be reached by email (at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Below is the Arlington Public Schools school closure notice: