Things are heating up vis a vis the closure of schools here in Hawaii.
The teacher's union voted, and ratified the vote, and now the public schools will be closed for 17 Fridays.
Not 17 DAYS. 17 Fridays.
Not 17 CONSECUTIVE Fridays. Just 17 assorted Fridays, scattered here and there thoughout the rest of the school year.
God forbid they just shorten the school year by 17 days and call it a wash.
Oh no, they need to spread it out so that we can really SAVOR it.
And the mommy brigade is ANGRY.
So starting next week, look for lots of excitement on the sidewalks in front of the public schools throughout the island chain. I have a feeling we are going to see some real "only in Hawaii" moments. I would like to think that anywhere else in this country, a decision to close public school on random days for almost a month's worth of school days would not be tolerated. It would be the lead story everywhere. It wouldn't even GET to a vote because it would just not be considered an option.
But not here. Here, it's a blip on the radar.
This is illustrated by the 13 other news stories that were deemed more important then the fact that our teachers and our kids are getting screwed over, for example:
The closure of a sugar plantation
a mysterious home fire
I am relieved to note, however, that they ARE drawing attention to the fact that kids who depend on free meals at school are going to be getting less to eat, and going hungry for 3 days in a row, 17 extra times this year.
It sucks that the teachers are getting a pay cut. It's wrong. It's terrible. It's DISGRACEFUL. But they won't go hungry.
The kids will.
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