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09-28-2011, 10:42 AM
From N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/nyregion/riverdale-country-school-in-dispute-with-tutoring-company.html) by Jenny Anderson:

The battle against high-priced tutors is heating up at Riverdale Country School.

Riverdale, like other private schools, has been hoping to crack down on the expensive tutoring some of its students get by trying to convince parents that most children simply do not need it.

But when administrators at the school lashed out at one of the tutoring companies for using a class list to solicit clients, the company fired back, saying it would not be needed if the students did not have such crushing workloads.

On Friday, Kent J. Kildahl, head of Riverdale’s upper school, wrote to parents about the company, Brattle Street Coaching.

The company sent promotional letters last week to the parents of juniors enrolled in “Constructing America,” a signature Riverdale class which has a reputation for being tough. According to Mr. Kildahl, Brattle Street used the school’s parent directory to send mailings to juniors and their families. He called it “a serious misuse of the directory and an abuse of both their privacy and the school itself.”

Mr. Kildahl said tutoring, at least for most children, should not be necessary for that class.

“Please do not give into the seductions, based on scare tactics of firms like Brattle Street,” he wrote in a letter to parents.

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