See this interview with Joel Klein from Fortune magazine in which he talks about the importance of treating schools like a business:
“I’ve talked to a lot of people about this who have retail outlets, banks, bookstores or what have you."
To bad he hasn't bothered to talk to any parents or educators.
He also says: “The hardest part of the job is answering this question: Chancellor, how could you send my kid to a school you wouldn't send your kids to?”
Hmm. Joel Klein's stepdaughter went to Miss Porter’s, a boarding school in Connecticut: average class size of 11.
Bloomberg sent his daughters to Spence; middle and high school classes average 13-14 students.
Yet our kids get class sizes of 28-34 in these grades -- which is just fine with them.
Also, FYI: here is what I found on the Spence website:
Is public transportation is available for the younger students?
The Atlantic Express is a free bus service for students in grades Kindergarten to 6 offered by the City of New York Board of Education and coordinated through the Spence Parents Association. It is available only in Manhattan to families who live within a five-mile radius of the school. Buses pick up and drop off at designated stops.