Summary: Alachua County Public Schools will stop using private tutoring companies as part of a federal initiative to improve learning at low-performing schools, and instead will pay teachers to provide after-school tutoring. This follows an amendment to NCLB by the Florida Board of Education to allow school districts to discontinue the use of agreements with private SES-approved tutoring programs. The Title 1 District Supervisor reviews how in the past SES funding was allocated by providers to students, student enrollment was managed, and the impact of evening tutoring.
By Erin Jester, Staff writer, Gainseville.com, originally published 6/19/13
Alachua County Public Schools will stop using private tutoring companies as part of a federal initiative to improve learning at low-performing schools, and instead will pay teachers to provide after-school tutoring.
The Florida Board of Education on Tuesday approved a measure that would give school districts more flexibility with Supplementary Educational Services, a tutoring initiative established under the No Child Left Behind Act. With Tuesday’s amendment, school districts will have more freedom to negotiate with SES-approved private tutoring companies, or to end partnerships with the private companies and use the funding for other services that are allowed under Title I. Title I funding is provided to low-income schools that need the most academic support.
Everett Caudle, director of project development for Alachua County Public Schools, said the district is opting to stop using outside providers. “We could do things like provide tutoring here, in house, so to speak,” Caudle said.
For the 2012-2013 school year, Alachua County received $612,079 in Title I funding specifically for SES tutoring. With that money, Caudle said the district instead could pay teachers to give after-school tutoring, buy supplemental curriculum programs, provide pullout programs for struggling students, hire additional teaching staff or extend the school year to allow for more summer programs.
While the full plan hasn’t been finalized, “we’re not going to do SES, and we’re not going to do private providers,” said Pam Diaz, supervisor II for Title I programs in the district.
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