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Affluent, born abroad and choosing New York’s public schools


Miriam and Christian Rengier, a German couple moving to New York, visited some private elementary schools in Manhattan last spring in search of a place for their son, reports the New York Times. They immediately noticed the absence of ethnic diversity, and the chauffeurs ferrying children to the door. And then, at one school, their guide showed them the cafeteria. “The kids were able to choose between seven different lunches: sushi and macrobiotics and whatever,” Ms. Rengier recalled. “And I said, ‘What if I don’t want my son to choose from seven different lunches?’ And she looked at me like I was an idiot.” For the Rengiers, the decision was clear: Their son would go to public school…

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