Tutoring In Decline

Look for more details in an upcoming Catalyst story I'm working on for next month, but the upshot of this week's SES news is that fewer, rather than more, students are going to be provided NCLB tutoring this year in Chicago than last year -- which is not exactly the way it was supposed to be.

17,000 students won't get tutoring Tribune
More families choose private 'No Child' tutors Sun Times
Funding limits access to tutoring AP

The backstory is that, at Chicago's request, the USDE decided to let the district resume tutoring this fall, with the hope of serving 20K more kids than last year. But the decision was made at the last minute, more parents decided that they wanted outside tutoring, which is generally more expensive, and that reduced the total number of slots available.

Elsewhere in tutoring news:

Case Studies of Supplemental Services GAO via Gadfly
Complaints doom tutoring programs St. Pete times
Overseas online tutoring growing trend SJMerc via JoanneJacobs
Tutoring, family programs popular at library San Diego Union Tribune


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