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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.

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Radio staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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