Connie - posted on 02/11/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
Yes - FREE tutoring and no, this isn't one of those too good to be true offers. As my Circle of Moms profile says, "I believe education is the key to a happy life!" and as such I have a keen interest in the state of public education in America. With the recent appointment of Arne Duncan as the Secretary of Education I have been pouring over the White House website and the US Dept. of Education site - and that's what led me to discover the best kept secret of the No Child Left Behind Law - FREE tutoring (www.FreeNCLBTutoring.org)!
All moms are probably sick of hearing all the No Child Left Behind criticisms and while many teachers, administrators and politicians have spent a lot of time bashing the bad parts of the law they forgot to tell us about one of the best parts - free tutoring for eligible kids. Last year almost 4 million US public school students were eligible and less that 12% participated - how sad is that!?!?!!? What's even sadder is the reason for the low participation rates - according to Margaret Spelling, the former Secretary of Education herself - schools simply aren't making parents aware that free tutoring is available!! (If interested, you can see her complete comments in this press release at the US DOE website: http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/200...)
SO CIRCLE OF MOMS HELP ME CHANGE THAT!
I recently founded a non-profit called www.FreeNCLBTutoring.org designed to spread the word about Free NCLB Tutoring (no donations, no petitions, no strings attached – promise - I just want moms to know that this program exists). If you visit the site you can quickly and easily determine if (1) your child’s school offers free tutoring and (2) your child might be eligible to participate in the free tutoring program (the schools call it SES or supplementary education services). You can also visit the US DOE website to learn more about No Child Left Behind and check out my site www.FreeNCLBTutoring.org to find out what to do if your child is eligible. Hey, in this economy, we could all use something that’s free!