City and state education officials and tutoring company executives disagree on the reasons for the low participation and cast blame on each other. But they agree that the numbers show that states and school districts have not smoothed out the difficulties that have plagued the tutoring — known as the supplemental educational services program — from its start as a novel experiment in educational entrepreneurship: largely private tutoring paid for with federal money.
Officials give multiple reasons for the problems: that the program is allotted too little federal money, is poorly advertised to parents, has too much complicated paperwork for signing up, and that it has not fully penetrated the most difficult neighborhoods, where there are high concentrations of poor, failing students.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Test Prep for the Test Prep
Disagreement abounds on the reasons that children and parents aren't signing up for more of the same mindless junk school that they have to contend with all day every day in the chain gang schools of urban America. The only beneficiaries of this big supplemental services giveaway (over $1 billion a year) are the private tutoring companies such as Kaplan whose lobbyists made sure they got a big chunk of the action in the current scam of NCLB to end public education and to put the poor children of America in intellectual straightjackets. Here is a clip from the Times piece on this phase of the crook and crony show that is masked as compassionate conservativism: