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Betsy Rosso was shocked when she was told her daughter, Zoe, had been suspended from her Arlington, Va., school for a month. Zoe is 3. “The principal told me that Zoe had had enough chances” as she escorted her and Zoe out of the building, Rosso said. The girl’s crime: she had too many “potty accidents” at school — not making it to the toilet in time. The Arlington Public Schools’ Montessori preschool at Claremont Elementary declared Zoe must not have any more “accidents” to be welcomed back. Meanwhile, Rosso was still expected to pay the school’s $835 monthly tuition. The city’s Office of Early Childhood (yes, really) is reviewing Zoe’s suspension, but isn’t sympathetic. “The application for these preschool programs states very clearly that children must be toilet-trained,” said spokeswoman Linda Erdos, noting the policy has been in place “for decades.” Rosso moved her daughter to a different preschool. (RC/Washington Post) ...Which is fine with Claremont Elementary, as long as she continues to pay their tuition bill.
Original Publication Date: 30 January 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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