An Update on Tutoring

As part of No Child Left Behind, when a school fails to make adequate progress, the federal government funnels funds through districts to parents, who use the money for tutoring at private providers. In the language of the law, they provide “supplemental educational services.”

According to a report in the Eagle, there’s some evidence that these services are paying off. “The materials are wonderful,” says one Wichita district teacher, who also works as an employee of a tutoring company. “They guarantee that kids move up a level and I can see why. It’s very intensive.”

According to the law, the private tutoring companies must have a demonstrated record of performance. That’s a fine provision, we suppose, but these companies by their very existence prior to NCLB demonstrates that they have performed. After all, unlike the government-run schools, they have not been given a guaranteed income stream. Their funding must be earned.

Even now, while they are open to federal funding, the families of eligible children must still actively select the companies.

Source: Tutoring proves a lucrative business in Kansas schools, Wichita Eagle, January 3.

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