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Kaffer: When schools close for weather, working parents get a double whammy

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Paula Friedrich
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Michigan Radio
Snow days can be pretty, but when schools close because of snow or frigid temperatures, many parents scramble to avoid missing work and losing money.

For some families a snow day is a treat … a little shoveling, some sledding, or maybe building a snowman out in the yard. But string together a bunch of days without school and the problems can go beyond stir-crazy kids roaming around yelling, “I’m bored!”

A major snowstorm followed by a polar vortex has put Michigan in one of those stretches right now and among the legions of frustrated working parents is Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer

Kaffer is a longtime Detroit resident, but grew up in Alabama. She spoke with Michgian Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou about how a native Southerner found herself rooting for a major snowstorm earlier this week and some possible public policy changes that could help families.

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