Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino today defended the decision to open schools in Boston, saying officials received conflicting forecasts before the snowstorm ended up dumping more than a foot of snow on the city.
“We got conflicting forecasts during the night and morning about how much snow and when it was going to happen,” Menino said. “Calling the schools off on 5 or 6 in the morning doesn’t work. It doesn’t work for our schools and it doesn’t work for working parents. What are they are going to do about day care?”
“Everyone is saying, ‘Why didn’t you cancel school?’” Menino said in a telephone interview. “What about that family who has to go to work? What are they going to do with their child? Have them sit in front of a TV all day? I’d rather have them in school.”
City Councilor John R. Connolly, who is running for mayor and will challenge Menino if he seeks another term, criticized the decision.
“Predicting the weather is really hard, but if you were up at 5 a.m. this morning, you should have known that school should have been canceled,” Connolly said. “We have to put the safety of our children, teachers, and school staff first. And I don’t think we did that today.”
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