ERIC Number: EJ777987
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct-10
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Provision on Tutoring Raises Renewal Issues
Hoff, David J.
Education Week, v27 n7 p1, 19 Oct 2007
With the number of students eligible for federally financed tutoring continuing to grow, school officials and tutoring providers are fighting over the scope of the program and debating how to measure its quality. As Congress revisits the tutoring initiative and other sections of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, lawmakers want answers to questions that are vital for the future of the program. To its supporters, who include U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings and leading congressional Republicans, the tutoring program offers students the chance for focused instruction that they aren't otherwise receiving in their schools and can compensate students who attend inadequate schools. To its critics, though, tutoring done under the nearly 6-year-old law has been poorly monitored and has siphoned federal money away from schools that could be spent on providing reading teachers and other services directly tied to states' academic standards. Congress is working on a bill to reauthorize the NCLB law. Leaders of the House Education and Labor Committee are working on a bipartisan bill for the committee to consider. Issues related to testing, accountability, and teacher pay have been the subject of the most public debate since the House panel's leaders released the first sections of a "discussion draft" bill in late August. Even if tutoring isn't as prominent or controversial as those issues, Congress still must confront questions about the tutoring program, also known as supplementary educational services, or SES.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Academic Standards, Reading Teachers, Tutoring, Tutorial Programs, Education Service Centers, Supplementary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001