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ERIC Number: EJ943139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-12
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Flexibility on SES Pleases Districts, Worries Industry
McNeil, Michele
Education Week, v31 n7 p1, 19 Oct 2011
The author reports on some $800 million in money set aside for Supplemental Education Services which is being freed up under the Obama administration's NCLB waiver plan. The U.S. Department of Education's plan to grant states broad flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act will free up as much as $800 million in money school districts now must set aside for tutoring students, but may mark a significant financial blow to an education industry that has grown up around serving low-performing schools. Somewhere in the middle of this policy debate, an estimated 600,000 students nationwide, at least this school year, are taking advantage of free tutoring from providers of their choice because they go to schools that have failed to hit their academic goals under the law for at least two years in a row. As states seeking waivers from provisions of the NCLB law work to design their own accountability systems, they will be free to craft interventions for 15 percent of their lowest-performing schools--leaving the role of tutoring as a big question mark. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan last month unveiled a plan to give out waivers from significant portions of the NCLB law in exchange for states adopting certain education improvement strategies, including revamping teacher-evaluation systems to factor in student growth. Among the flexibilities that will be offered: removing the requirement that 100 percent of students must be "proficient" in reading and math by 2014, a cornerstone of the law.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001