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  •  We had "vendors" at my school to offer (9+ / 0-)

    tutoring for all of our students.  (This is a NCLB thing, for schools in school improvement.)  The vendors represent companies that will receive $1400 per student  from the Feds through Title 1 for tutoring services.  Title 1 money is going to private vendors with no accountability for results.

    I know that privitization and elimination of that welfare program, the public schools, is in fashion.  This was George Bush's codification of that.  

    The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. --Mark Twain

    by Desert Rose on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:13:19 AM PDT

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    •  that's one problem (10+ / 0-)

      the providers do not have to be certified in the subjects for which they offer tutoring.  

      another -  they do not even have to be in the US -  Sen. Jim Webb got angry went I pointed out to him that the providers of Supplemental Educational Services could legally be based in Bangalore India providing services over the internet.  Now in fairness, these might be highly qualified people, but there was another issue involved.

      another - it, like the idea of transferring to a more successful school, is a model that might work in some urban areas but is entirely irrelevant to most of the 20% of students who attend schools in rural areas.  Too much of our national policies - and not just in education -  are crafted with no idea of how they would or more likely would NOT be relevant to those in rural areas.

      "what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all the children of the community" - John Dewey

      by teacherken on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 06:22:10 AM PDT

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