Ohio Kills off Tutoring Program

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Friday, June 8, 2012

A beleaguered tutoring program for students in struggling schools won’t be back next school year.

But school districts could rehire some of the groups they think did a good job tutoring students, officials say.

School districts now will “be able to own their program,” said Patrick Gallaway, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Education, which oversaw the federally required tutoring program called “ supplemental educational services.” The tutoring has been offered to poor students at low-performing schools for a decade. But the program has been plagued by charges of fraud and wrongdoing.

Ohio no longer will vet or monitor the effectiveness of tutoring groups.

The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that it will give Ohio a pass on some of the key tenets of the No Child Left Behind law, including the rules that govern supplemental services.

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