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Options for Public School Students
Help Your Child Needs
One of the most dreaded words a parent
can hear from a teacher is that outside tutoring may be
required. Not because of any hesitation to provide
whatever your child needs, but the cost can be
prohibitive. We will try to provide some
alternatives that make the "quest" less painful for
parents ill-equipped to handle the expense, while
providing your child with the help they need.
One of the resources available, yet not
well known are the Education Departments of your local
university, or college. These "Ed Labs" are designed
to meet course requirements for college students.
Fees usually vary depending on the service your child
receives, yet are nominal in comparison to private
tutoring chains and companies. Typically designated
non-profit programs, they give college students an
opportunity to work one-on-one with children in supervised
settings. The college students are typically
wonderful with children, and excited about teaching.
A definite plus for any child in need of outside help.
A second option
is to contact your local Board of Education.
Typically there are programs established by the state,
and US Government that are designed to give the children
the extra help they need to meet academic standards
established by your state. Ask about after school
programs, referrals for free tutoring, peer tutoring
programs, and any other suggestions they might offer.
Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, low-income
children in public schools “in need of improvement”
can receive free tutoring, also called supplemental
educational services (SES). The
SESQ Center helps families take advantage of
this opportunity by working to
increase the number of eligible
children, receiving free tutoring;
expand the number of quality
tutoring services offered; and
improve district, state, and
national coordination of the program.
Tutorsforkids.org, a service of the
SESQ Center, provides information and tools
to help all stakeholders ensure that eligible
children get the extra academic help they need.