Florida Couple Sues, Says Private School Too Easy

NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida family is suing a private school there for fraud, alleging that officials falsely promised to offer a curriculum as rigorous as the one at Michigan’s Cranbrook School, where their daughter previously was enrolled, according to the Naples (Florida) Daily News.

The family wants a refund of more than $37,000 in tuition from Seacrest Country Day School in Florida, the Daily News reported.

The parents said they were told the school was as rigorous as Cranbrook, but pulled their five children when they found it was not, according to the Daily News.  As an example, the couple told the court that their children did not receive any homework in the first week of classes, the Daily News reported. It was unclear whether all five children previously attended Cranbrook.

A circuit court judge in June denied a motion by the school to dismiss the claim of fraud, the Daily News reported. The school’s attorney argued that the couple’s claims were matters of opinion, not fact, according to the report.

Naples Daily News, “Family’s legal battle with Seacrest Country Day School enters next stage,” June 13, 2011

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Michigan parents choose choice,” Sept. 25, 2009