Here's five year-old Suri Cruise in a matching pink hat and shawl with lavender wrist purse and unknown yellow doll (please tell me that's not lipstick), who started school this year at a school with Scientology ties founded three years ago by actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
It's called New Leadership Academy in Calabasas, Calif, and it's private. It uses some controversial techniques including "study technology," developed by L. Ron Hubbard. There's also a lot of sculpting. Apparently there are schools like this all across the country, most notably the Delphi Schools chain. And yes, there's one in Chicago (on Roosevelt Road). You apparently don't even have to be a Scientologist to apply.
What next? You know the drill: Scientology charter schools! (Not for sure, I'm just saying it'll probably be proposed, right?) More info from Slate here.