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Debating “Quake Days”

By Sara Mead — August 24, 2011 1 min read
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Interesting debate emerging in D.C. about whether or not closing the D.C. schools today, in response to yesterday’s earthquake, was a good decision. Obviously the 13 schools that sustained damage need to be closed until engineers confirm it’s safe for kids and adults to be in the buildings--but that’s only about 10 percent of the system. Complicating this is the fact that DC schools only reopened for the 2010-11 school year on Monday, so a closure this early into the year is extra disruptive, since students are just starting to settle in--and teachers I’ve talked to are pretty unhappy about having a closure this early in the year.

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