Schools have no time for tutors
— reported by the Chicago Tribune
In Chicago’s public schools, 230,000 students qualified to receive free tutoring this year under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Only 66,500 actually got help. Those numbers look pretty bad, but compared with other cities around the country, they’re outstanding.
“Chicago should be the poster child for other school districts for how to do it right,” said Steve Pines, executive director of the Education Industry Association, a lobbying group for private tutoring companies. “They have waiting lists. They’ve done a great job making parents aware of the opportunity.”
“Great job” appears to be a relative term. Four years after the education reform law took effect, thousands of students eligible for help aren’t getting it. About 2 million students nationwide qualified this past school year to get tutoring, but only 10 percent to 20 percent got it, said officials with the U.S. Department of Education.