What to do about the schools?

May 19, 2009 1:41:45 PM PDT
To close or not to close. I don't envy the folks who have to make that decision about their schools. There are arguments to be made in favor of shutting a school and sending kids home until this swine flu fear/outbreak/virus subsides. And there are many arguments to be made that shutting them will do little; that keeping them open is the best thing for the students, for the economy, for everybody.

The problem is that there's no right answer - or at least none that we know for sure.

Mayor Bloomberg, who has shut plenty of public schools in the past couple of weeks, insists he does not want to close the system until after Memorial Day. But now, with 21 schools in the City shut down, including the private Horace Mann school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, there are many New York City parents who are wondering if sending their kids to school is the healthiest alternative.

CLICK HERE to vote in our 7online.com poll. We'll share results at 11.

The death of a 16-month-old boy last night - possibly from swine flu - has not eased the widespread fear that is clearly now spreading through the area.

The CDC this afternoon said that the primary victims of swine flu are ages 5 to 24; two-thirds of them have some underlying medical issue; and pregnant women who are infected should be treated with anti-viral medication, despite some conventional wisdom that these typical treatments aren't advised for expectant mothers.

Meanwhile, there are crowds forming at some hospital emergency rooms. Where all this ends - that's the big question. It's our top story, again, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, a sign of the times story, this time involving foreclosed homes, and the people who are trying to bottom feed and get a house for a bargain. It can be a good deal. It can also be something of a nightmare. Imagine putting down 10 percent in the form of a non-refundable deposit and never seeing the inside of the house? Whatever's inside, whatever condition it's in, is yours. Mazel tov, and don't forget the bread and salt and sugar. Our Emily Smith has the story.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports, and Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast. You can also see Lee's "Blog or Bust" by CLICKING HERE.

I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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