Students frozen out of schools, education, maybe hope

Does the headline pertain to Dallas ISD’s being closed for cold weather for the fifth day in eight, or does it refer to the situations in Austin, where Gov. Rick Perry insists Texas is better off than the rest of the nation with a $25 billion deficit it can’t close, and all education institutions being given solitary confinement or death penalties?

Gov. Rick Perry, Texas State of the State Address, February 8, 2011

Photo by Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman; Dallas Morning News caption: "Texas Gov. Rick Perry, with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst after delivering the State of the State address Tuesday, said there are 'no sacred cows' in the strapped Texas budget." Reality caption: Texas Emperor Rick Perry gives thumbs up to the lions who will face education's representative, Hypatia, in the Lege Arena fight-to-the-death; Perry promised not to be present for the final moments of the fight.

7 Responses to Students frozen out of schools, education, maybe hope

  1. sixflags says:

    Ice is the issue here in Indiana. A HUGE issue. We lost an entire week of school (they went one day on a 2 hr delay). Record number of broken hips, legs. Emergency rooms are overflowing. It’s really treacherous. I’ve fallen twice, hard. I’m not leaving the house again until it melts off.


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Rick Perry was in San Diego when the ice and snow hit Texas last week. Whenever snow or ice or cold shuts down a town, I am reminded of a blizzard that hit Washington, D.C., while I was there. The mayor’s office, with Mayor Marion Barry before the first cocaine crackup, didn’t have a statement. After about three days of “no statement,” somebody at the Washington Post called the office and asked to speak to Barry. Turned out he was in Pasadena, California, for a Super Bowl featuring the Redskins (but very, very early).

    The resources of Washington’s great newspaper are considerable, and they tracked Barry down in Pasadena. Barry said he really didn’t have anything much to say about the excess of snow and surfeit of zeal and money and tools to remove it.

    “I take sort of a Biblical view of the event,” Barry said. “The Lord giveth, and the Lord may taketh away.”


  3. Nick K says:

    Yeah it’s “Neener neener we’re tougher in Minnesota.” :P


  4. blueollie says:

    Oh, I wasn’t going “neener neener, we are tougher in Illinois”. :) I really didn’t know the situation. I KNOW that it is all but impossible to do anything with ice, especially when a region doesn’t budget for salt trucks because it happens so rarely.

    Now I know: ice was the problem.
    Note: I spent 6 years at UT Austin and graduated from Austin-Travis High School (albeit a looooong time ago :) )


  5. Ellie says:

    Ed, you’re correct. Nobody can drive on ice very well. It’s bloody awful and one of the nicer things about being unemployed is that I don’t have to even try anymore.


  6. Ed Darrell says:

    There’s a huge difference between snow, including packed snow well below freezing, and the ice that drops in southern states. It’s particularly problematic when the stuff hits at rush hour. Many of our major highway interchanges were not engineered for snow or ice; worse, most drivers can’t drive ice (even you people from the Frozen North), and added to the people who can’t drive cold, snowy conditions, the roads become impassable from accidents.

    Don’t get me started on iced-over parking lots.

    In Idaho, we used to consider it shirt-sleeve weather at recess if the wind wasn’t blowing, the sun was shining, and the temperature was below freezing. It’s tough to get wet, but easy to work up a sweat running around.

    Ice is different, and it’s always accompanied by wind, here.


  7. blueollie says:

    Hmmm, was the canceled class due to impassible roads? Here it has been pretty much between 0 and 10 F most of the week, but the only closures were when the amount of snow overwhelmed the available plows.

    Of course, in places like Minnesota, the budget for enough plows to clear this amount of snow since they get stuff like this regularly. Around here (Peoria, IL), 3-4 inches is fairly routine; anything over 6 or so is trouble.


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