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March 16th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Mom sues preschool, says 4-year-old not prepared for elite schools

Nicole Imprescia spent $19,000 per year to send her daughter to a preschool she thought would prepare her for a top private school in Manhattan.

But when Imprescia determined the preschool wasn't adequately preparing her 4-year-old daughter for the standardized test she needed to take to get in to an elite Kindergarten, she removed her from the preschool. The Manhattan mom is now suing the preschool for a refund of her $19,000.

Legal Analyst and Former Federal Prosecutor Sunny Hostin discusses the case with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.


Filed under: Education • Law • U.S.
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. john livingston

    Well most of us may envy these parents for spending this type of money since most of us may not opt to do so; or we just don't have the cash flow. I think the important thing that most readers are missing here is the time, love, and making a investment in your childs future. This is a win- win for teachers who know the parents have a vested interest and teachers have to deal less with behavior issues that the public school teachers deal with and that makes their job difficult. Gee- it would be love- love to teach one of these well mannered children because for that type of money you can surely expect these parents will spank or discipline the kids at home based on the money they are spending. If more parents at least invested the TIME with their children we could all give public school teachers a break from the violence and behavioral issues they face every day- which steals time from other students

    March 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  2. AJ

    Any educator knows that even great teachers can't win the battle against bad genes.

    March 23, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  3. erik

    Should have just bribed the private school with $19,000.00.

    March 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  4. brownzbunz

    Are you smarter than a 4 yr old? Apparently not. A 4 yr old brain cannot hold $20,000 worth of knowledge.

    March 21, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  5. peewee

    Seems like anyone with 19,000 a year to waste on pre-school would know that PARENTS are a childs first and best teachers. If she had talked to and read to her child everyday her child would have gotten into any school she wanted.

    March 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  6. Lori

    This woman can't be serious? Just because she was silly enough to pay that kind of money to a preschool doesn't mean that it was going to be a done deal that her daughter would get right in to a top notch private school. I can understand wanting to get your child the best education, and this woman is starting early but her way of going about this is all wrong. Maybe she should have done research on the private school she wants so badly to get her daughter in to, maybe find out what knowledge and values that school holds in high regard and approached it from that angle. Money can buy a lot but it can't always buy what is most important.

    March 17, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  7. rosa

    It looks like the parents skip the elite preschool.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  8. bee13

    This video reinforces the notion that power and prestige in America directly correlates to a person's financial stature. CNN legal contributor Sunny Hostin epitomizes what is wrong in this country. She is paying what amounts to an annual salary for the average American to put her third grader through school. You heard me right. She complains about the wretchedness of the competitive private school system and yet she falls right in line, pays her money, and does her part to perpetuate the corruption. Sunny's complaint is transparent and she has no credibility because she buys into the corrupt and elite system she claims to hate.

    Sunny, I felt ill watching your weak attempt to convince us how horrible an experience you and your child went through to get access to the pipe line that leads to an Ivy League education, and then witnessed you unabashedly turn about-face and defend your decision to do it. This was a clear demonstration that you believe you are better that most of your listeners and you will ensure that your child will be the same, regardless of the cost and regardless of the fact that you have to sell your soul to make it happen!

    March 17, 2011 at 2:44 am |
  9. angie

    Thank you for this video. This case is about false advertisement not parenting methods.

    March 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  10. PretentiousPrnt

    This lawsuit is a waste of time. I could understand the going through the trouble for Oxford, maybe, but the Ivy League?

    March 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  11. C Ford

    I watched this morning's segment and Sunny Hostin was wrong, wrong, wrong. She said that if you want your kids to attend an Ivy League school, you just send them to private prep schools because NYC public schools have "failures."
    The fact is, the top public schools in New York city have a great record of getting kids into top colleges. Hunter High School, Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, just to name a few, are filled with the smartest kids in America.

    March 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  12. Wanda

    Take the money that is spent on private education put it back to the public school, shut down the private and then fight for your childs education in public where Every child will get a better education and maybe take away the segrigation between the wealthy and poor.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  13. Craig

    Nicole Imprescia paid $19,000 for preshool tuition, and Sunny Hostin paid $32,000 for third grade tuition. Like they say there is one born every minute. What is Nicole going to do when out of two thousand of these special preschoolers they only select two hundred for the elementary school she wants. Will Sunny be uspset when they don't select her son for middle school. I'm sure they will.
    Public schools don't have the option of picking only those students that pass an entrance exam. While public schools have to admit all students, the private school can pick and choose who they admit. If a student is disruptive in private school they just tell the parents there little angels are wanted. In private school they have to keep the disruptive ones so their ADA (average daily attendance) stays high to receive federal funds.
    And yet public schools are still turning out Ivy League students every year.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  14. Mrs. Rance

    I can' listen to the video at work, but I'm don't know what this mom expected. There is only so much you can teach a pre-schooler. What kind of academic qualifications was the kindergarten looking for? She was wasting the money from the very beginning and I don't think she should get it back.

    March 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm |