Private schools have too much money.

Ahead of a few meetings later this morning about what in the hell our school district is going to do about the fall, I am greeted by a headline on the front page of the paper about how the exclusive local private school is beginning construction on its ten million dollar new campus.

TEN MILLION DOLLARS.

Ten million dollars is about half of the annual budget for our town’s entire public school system.

This new building will be almost 24,000 square feet and sits on a 30-acre piece of land.

From the article:

“Space is tight right now,” Spencer explained. “I don’t anticipate enrolling a lot more students, though — maybe enough to fill one or two homerooms. We just want to give our students more space. We’ve got the potential with the new property to add on someday, if we want. That would be done incrementally.”

The schools currently has 137 students.

My blood is BOILING. I’m sure they do want to give their students a bit more space. You know what I want? I want our school district to not have to be begging for PPE donations. I want them to be able to afford decent online learning platforms and content. I want the schools to have enough teachers and instructional assistants and adjustment counselors and librarians. I want teachers and kids to not have to be sitting in cars in parking lots because that’s the only way they can get wifi. I want teachers not to have to run a constant online hustle to raise money for basic classroom supplies.

But hey—enjoy that spiffy new campus, I guess.

271 Words

“We blew it.”:

The question being asked right now is “When can we do X?”

The question that we should be asking and solving for is: “What are the conditions needed to do X, and what do we need to do now to make those conditions happen?”

If we want kids in school, if we want students on campus, if we want live sports, then we need to clamp down on community spread. That means massive increases in testing. That means massive expansion of PPE distribution. That means aggressive and prompt contact tracing. That means making isolation a non-ruinous proposition for working families. That means a ton of hard work. But the choice is either doing the hard work to get what we want, or not doing the hard work, seeing massive suffering and not getting what we want.

And if you think kids (and teachers) need to stay home this fall, then you should still be thinking about what needs to happen in order for that to be practical.

170 Words

A typical afternoon around the house with the kids. How does this even happen?

14 Words

This headline and lede are neither surprising nor encouraging.

9 Words

I’m pretty excited about these. It’s been way too long since I got new ink.

17 Words

What’s funny about the bitcoin Twitter hack is that they didn’t go after Trump’s account, presumably because no one would believe that Trump would actually make a charitable donation to anything.
31 Words

Chesterfield Gorge, Saturday afternoon

4 Words

Friday afternoon on Hope Street

5 Words

“Re-opening” is magical thinking.

I just can’t fathom the “Numbers are back down, so we can go back to normal” argument, other than as either wishful thinking or a grave (literally) misunderstanding of how all this works. The numbers are only low because we stopped doing all the stuff people now want to start doing again.

And I am not sure I’m convinced by the “Yeah, but we know more about the virus now” response. I think a lot of people have read a few anecdotal Medium posts that say what they want to hear.

91 Words