Klein Once Called Snow Day for Caroline Kennedy

Thursday, Mar 10, 2011  |  Updated 1:23 PM EDT
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Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein once called a snow day after Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg asked him for the favor, according to a published report.

In its gossip column "Gatecrasher," the Daily News reported that Klein and Kennedy appeared at an event recently, and told the story.

Klein said that soon after Mayor Bloomberg named him chancellor in 2002, he visited Kennedy Schlossberg in Martha's Vineyard, where her son, Jack, asked if he had the power to declare snow days.

Klein said he did and the boy asked for one on his birthday, Jan. 19.

Klein said he would. The boy attended private school, but Klein said he knew that a public school snow day often meant the day off for private schools too.

Several years later, Klein had still not called a snow day for the child. But one day when it was "really snowing bad," Klein said Kennedy Schlossberg called him and said, "It's not [Jack's] birthday, but he's got a paper due tomorrow. A snow day would be awfully rich right now."

Klein added that one of the four snow days he declared during his time as chancellor was that day.

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