Susan Dominus’ thought-provoking New York Times article, A School That Cost $20,000 Not to Go To, came out today. The article discusses a decision made by Little Red Schoolhouse, a sought-after Village elementary school, to hold a creative family responsible for $20,000 in tuition money because they signed a contract that their child would enter the school’s kindergarten. Problem was that their child later got into an excellent and free public school G+T program. Dominus’ point is that public schools and private schools need to get their notification schedules in sync, so that families don’t continue to be hurt.
One thing is for sure. Little Red’s insensitive decision cost them more than $20,000 in lost goodwill thanks to this prominent New York Times story.