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Ridiculousness at Nursery Schools in NYC

January 24, 2007 10:56 AM

From The New York Times:

The cars gather in front of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan about 8:30 a.m. In the front seats sit hired drivers (nobody uses the term chauffeur anymore). The cars are mostly big and mostly black luxury-edition sport utility vehicles like the Mercedes GL-Class or the GMC Yukon Denali. They fill the lanes in front of the Y’s entrance on Lexington Avenue, often two or three rows deep.

There are so many cars and drivers that the director of the school has sent home threatening letters to the parents, warning that their child will get a bad kindergarten recommendation, if drivers fail to circle the block.

In the letter, which parents received once in the spring of 2006 and twice this school year, Ms. Schulman played perhaps the only bargaining chip she has, stating that failure to observe this rule could hinder their children’s chances of getting into the kindergarten of their choice.

The letter said that idling cars posed a safety risk, several parents said, and reminded families that one assessment Ms. Schulman and her colleagues are asked to make by lower-school admissions officers is whether the applicant’s parents have been “cooperative” with the school’s requests.

“The letter said, ‘When the ongoing schools ask about your cooperation, I will have no choice but to tell them the truth,’ ” one parent said.

Tuition at the 92nd Street Y is $20,050 for 4 and 5 year olds


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