I saw this as a reporter. If kids dropped out after a certain deadline, the school districts still collected their state funding but didn’t have to spend it on kids who weren’t there. They considered it a smart way to fund the smartest students.
Maybe it’s worse than it used to be. Maybe someone should do something about it?
The unusually early snowstorm bringing heavy, wet snow to the East Coast has knocked out power to more than 2.3 million customers.
More than 665,000 people are without power in New Jersey, including Gov. Chris Christie, who declared a state of emergency Saturday. Two hospitals that lost power are operating on generators.
Utilities in Connecticut are reporting more than 550,000 without power, while utilities in Pennsylvania are saying more than 560,000 are without power.
In New York, more than 260,000 have lost power, and in Massachusetts, more than 270,000 are without electricity.
Western Maryland has more than 26,000 outages.
Politicians routinely laud cops as heroes, except for the “bad apples.” The question is, how many bad apples does it take to spoil the whole barrel?
I spent the morning going through my drawers, looking for warm socks and sweaters to spare for the folks at Occupy Philly, since we do have a winter nor’easter going through. (And snow. Jesus Christ, I still can’t believe it.) I took the stuff down, and the loading crew looked so cold and miserable, I drove to the closest Dunkin’ Donuts, bought some coffee and doughnuts and took them back.
One of the young women on the crew came up to my car window and said, “You don’t know what it means, to get something hot to drink and some food while we’re doing this… Thank you.”
“Yeah, I figured,” I said. “But thank you, for what you’re doing.” And we smiled at each other.
If you want to drop off blankets, tarps, sleeping bags, socks or coffee, pull up into the loading area on the JFK Blvd. side of City Hall.