A school district in New Hampshire has been forced to close schools this Friday because President Obama is visiting a nearby museum. His visit will cause a number of road closures, and the district won’t be able to bus the kids home from school. Parents are angry.
Backlash erupted Tuesday afternoon after the Portsmouth School Department announced it would cancel school Friday due to logistical challenges tied to President Barack Obama’s campaign visit.
The Herald received multiple calls from angry parents after Superintendent Ed McDonough sent an e-mail to families announcing the closure.
“I just think it’s unbelievable,” said parent Kathy Logan. “All of a sudden, the president is coming to Portsmouth and everything has to shut down. I don’t think it’s right.”
Logan said she was at Little Harbour School on Tuesday morning for a “teddy bear picnic” welcoming kindergarten students to the school. The first day for kindergarten is today, and Logan said it was unfair for her son’s education to be disrupted so soon.
She said school officials at Little Harbour did not mention the closure and she did not find out until she checked her e-mail when she got home.
She also had made doctor appointments and other plans for Friday, which had to be rescheduled due to the sudden school closure. Logan is a stay-at-home mother, but parents with jobs outside the home are suddenly having to make arrangements for child care Friday. (Read More)
The article goes on to note that the Obama campaign referred them to the local police department for comment. The missed day of school will have to be made up in May on a scheduled day off. Isn’t that ironic? The federal government requires that schools are in session a certain number of days each year, and now this district has to make up a day because the leader of the federal government wants to give a speech.
H/T Fox Nation
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