From the Daily News (ht to Monty Neill):
In its drive to improve school reading and math test scores, the city's Department of Education paid a private company more than $21 million in two years to tutor thousands of public school pupils at home.
But most of that money - more than twice the amount the DOE originally budgeted - went for overhead, management and profit for the company, Champion Learning Center.
Champion got $79 an hour to tutor each pupil for up to four hours per week, according to a copy of the contract obtained by the Daily News.
That adds up to almost $320 a week in tutoring costs per child.
Champion paid its part-time tutors, mostly college students with no teaching experience, an average of $17 an hour.
That's right. The company received an astounding $62 in overhead for every hour its employees spent tutoring a child.
Champion is one of dozens of private companies with state approval to provide tutoring services under the No Child Left Behind Act.
"We received very little training in our orientation," said one college student hired by Champion. "They just told us to follow the instructions in the test prep workbooks they gave us." . . . .