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Public vs. Private: Parents Grapple with School Choices

Monday, September 09, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show opened the phones to parents who decided this year (or in recent years) between public and private school. Callers shared the ethical and financial struggles underpinning their choices. Take a listen. Share your thoughts.

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Families Pay Private High School Deposits While They Await Public School Acceptances

Monday, March 04, 2013

The notification process for public and private school acceptances were supposed to be in synch this year but because of Sandy the public school notices are coming two weeks late, on March 15. This has left some families forced to pay private school deposits now while they wait. “We tell them that they have to read their contract carefully before they sign on the dotted line,” a parent advisor said. “Be prepared to lose your deposit.”

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Advocates Say Special Education Bill Was Misunderstood

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo disappointed some religious groups this week when he vetoed a bill that would have required school districts to consider a student's home environment and family background when deciding whether to place the child in a private school at taxpayer expense. In an interview, WNYC's Beth Fertig explains that New York City already spends $150 million a year for special education students to attend private schools.

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Albany Bill Would Consider Home Life in Special Ed Placement

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is weighing whether to sign a bill on special education that opponents argue would give families more power to send their children to religious schools at taxpayers’ expense.

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New Congressional Nominee Favors Subsidizing Private Schools

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, hot off primary night where he won the Democratic nomination for Congress, set off a controversy when he came out in favor of support for private and religious schools -- but not for vouchers.

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Teaching or Cheating? Notes From the Tutoring Front Lines

Monday, June 04, 2012

Private tutoring, which has become as ubiquitous for certain students as a calculator or a cellphone, has been much maligned of late, with accusations of giving students an unfair leg up or outright writing papers for students. The writer, who is president of one tutoring company, says it is time for the industry to start setting ethical guidelines for itself.

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Two Similar Schools, Two Very Different Assessments

Monday, April 30, 2012

School progress reports, standardized testing and legal battles over private school tuition were all in the news over the weekend, with Michael Winerip comparing two South Bronx schools, Gail Collins examining "A Very Pricey Pineapple," and Jenny Anderson looking at what happened when some parents tried to withdraw their child from private school.

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A New Private School Consultant Enters the (Lucrative) Field

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Another consultant has entered the field of school placements, but even more interesting is a product that the company is developing, code-named project Al, for algorithm. Meant to be a sort of match.com for schools and families, it will try to pull apart the all-important but elusive issue of a school’s culture.

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Private School Parents Targeted for Giving

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Parents of public school students in the city are responding to a SchoolBook survey by reporting expenses of up to thousands of dollars to support their child's school or school-related activities. But that apparently is nothing compared to what is being asked of parents of private school students.

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School Admissions? Even the Experts Are Overwhelmed

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Feeling overwhelmed by the search for a school for your young child? An expert in test preparation shares your pain.

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Private Schools Top That $40,000 Tuition Mark

Thursday, February 16, 2012

New York City private schools have been sending out notifications this week -- yes, no and the dreaded wait list -- and by many accounts, it has been a tough year to win a coveted seat at some of the city’s top schools. But for those who have, there’s a downside to victory: the bill.

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How Riverdale Country School Spends Its Tuition Dollars

Monday, January 30, 2012

David N. Roberts, chairman of Riverdale Country School's board of trustees, and Dominic A.A. Randolph, Riverdale's head of school, sent an e-mail in response to an article about the high cost of private school tuition. Riverdale charges $40,450 for 12th grade, but spends $1.10 for every $1 charged, they say.

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Private School Tuition in New York City 'Higher Than Harvard's'

Monday, January 30, 2012

Private school tuition rates have been on the rise in the city -- so much so that the annual tuition is hovering on the brink of $40,000 a year, even for the lowest grades. That means that some parents pay more for their child's private school tuition than they would if the child were attending Harvard, The New York Times reported this weekend.

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At Dalton, a Student Survey Reveals Dual Identities

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

According to a survey, Dalton students strive to embody the qualities of confidence, friendliness and intelligence, but tend to associate their classmates, and their high-priced education itself, with competitiveness and ambition.

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Why We Cover Private Schools

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Articles in The Times about top-tier private schools moving to cut back homework and about Fieldston firing a teacher who made comments some perceived as racist, stimulated comments and questions about why The Times covers private schools. The education editor, Jodi Rudoren, explains.

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A Man Running an All-Girls School: Discuss

Friday, October 21, 2011

Not surprisingly, private school parents had plenty to say about the appointment of Paul Burke to head Nightingale-Bamford, an all-girls school. Many supported the move, but others scoffed at the idea that "we're beyond all that." Not so, said one. "Just ask Hillary Clinton."

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New Head of Nightingale-Bamford Is a Mister

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Behind every top girls' school is ... a man? In a move sure to prompt discussion, Nightingale-Bamford, one of the city’s top all-girls’ private schools, named Paul Burke, the current head of the upper school, to be its seventh leader.

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Expert Advice on Sharing Your Child's Weaknesses

Friday, September 16, 2011

In such a competitive environment for private preschool and kindergarten slots, should parents really 'fess up that little Hudson has a penchant for hitting, or Isabella is truly charming until she is told she can’t have what she wants? Three New York admissions consultants weigh in.

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