Princess for a day: How to get your kid in Shrek the Musical
Thu Jul 30
Is your daughter a diva in the vocal sense of the word? Does she dream of starring on Broadway? Then have we got the contest for you. Nick.com is hosting the Shrek The Musical "Not Your Ordinary Princess Broadway Competition (now that's a mouthful!) to cast the roles of Young Fiona and Teen Fiona in the show for one day: Saturday, September 19th. The winners and one parent (which is a little lame. Surely mom and dad want to see their progeny shine!) will be flown to New York City (lucky you, you already live here!) to perform on the Great White Way alongside the all-star cast. So if you have a star-struck girl between the ages of six and 14, record her singing the song "I Know It's Today" and upload the video at Nick.com . Don't know the song? Well you can watch Tony winner Sutton Foster sings it on the site too. There's even a karaoke version! As marketing campaigns go, this is a pretty fabulous one!
NYC private school announces open spots for upcoming year
Wed Jul 29
Freaking out because your tot didn't make it into your school of choice for this fall? Then hear this: The Manhattan Free School has just announced that it has openings for the 2009-2010 academic year. But don't be fooled by the private institution's name: This place is far from free, though they do offer sliding-scale tuition rates based on income (typically between $3,000 and $15,000 annually, a fair amount lower than many private schools). Start gathering Junior's dossier stat, as applications will be accepted on the first-come, first-served basis.
Stricter shelter policies may lead to family evictions
Wed Jul 29
A new policy went into effect yesterday that gives NYC homeless shelters more latitude in evicting families for breaking trivial rules, the Times reports. While families could always be ousted for serious infringements like bringing in weapons and drugs, they can now be pushed out for 28 minor violations, such as not signing in and out. Of course there are valid reasons for the stricter rules—like ensuring shelters aren't used as permanent residences—but it also means families who really need help may end up back on the streets. Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Or are the new policies completely heartless?
Bloomberg is officially back in charge of NYC public schools
Fri Jul 24
No matter how you feel about Bloomberg and the DOE, I suspect it will come as (an admittedly small) relief that Bloomberg is once again in charge of New York City public schools. After weeks of uncertainty, and the sudden reconstitution of the Board of Ed, a deal was just reached that extends the mayor's control over public education. Perhaps "relief" is not the word I'm looking for. It's just nice to know that someone's in charge...even if that person seems to value test scores over actual kids. My daughter will enter the public school system next year in East Harlem, so I have to be honest, aside from what I've read and heard about Bloomberg's tenure from my fellow parents, I don't have firsthand knowledge of how great/god-awful the schools are, and I'm sure it differs from district to district, school to school. So parents with public school kids, what do you think? Is this the outcome you were praying for? Did you hope that this would shake things up and pave the way for...
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