The singer's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, would only confirm Lourdes is likely to attend a school in the city. "They live here now. Madonna didn't tell me, and I know she's not going to tell," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
Students at LaGuardia, which has become known as the "Fame" school, said they heard they might soon be in class with Madonna's daughter. And staff are giving coy responses when questioned. "I've asked," Luther Cherry, 16, a member of student government, said. "School officials said, We don't know until students show up," Cherry stated.
But even before she may attend her first day of classes, Lourdes is a source of controversy. Students said she had been given a private audition - and therefore shielded from the pressure of a public one, sparking concerns about preferential treatment. "A lot of kids are talking about how she had an advantage," Brittany Evans, 14, a freshman drama major, said. "LaGuardia is a great school. It really is, but I think that sometimes it wants to be more of a 'Fame' school," she stated.
City Education Department officials were completely mum on whether Lourdes might join the ranks of the city's 1.1 million public school kids, citing privacy, and LaGuardia officials also did not respond to requests for comment. Some students were ready to welcome Lourdes - and the possibility of her multimillionaire mom's largesse. "I hope she comes in handy for when they come around for parent donations," Karem Penalo, 16, a junior arts major, added.