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The best-kept secret of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)

More than 3 million US public school students missing out on free tutoring offered under NCLB.

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I want all the Work It Moms out there to raise your hands if you’ve ever heard any of the following comments about the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law:

1.) NCLB leaves kids behind.

2.) NCLB forces teachers to “teach to the test.”

3.) NCLB is an under-funded law.

4.) NCLB standardized tests are not an accurate reflection of student performance.

5.) NCLB is too punitive to under-performing schools, their teachers and administrators.

In my mind’s eye I can see a lot of hands raised in the air. As any mom with a child attending public school knows, when it comes to No Child Left Behind, this is a common chorus.

Now let me ask you to raise your hands if you’ve ever heard this:

1.) NCLB made free tutoring available for almost 4 million US public school students in the 2007-2008 school year but less that 15 percent participated.

Now I can picture many of your hands being lowered. While educators, school administrators and education policy makers have been talking about the negative aspects of NCLB for years (and there are some), it seems they’ve forgotten to tell parents about some of its greatest benefits -- including free tutoring for eligible students!

During the 2006-2007 school year (the most recent year for which the data is available from the US Department of Education) 3,597,106 students were eligible to receive this great benefit, but only 421,640 or 15 percent took advantage of it -- a shockingly low statistic, given I don’t know any mom who’d turn down free tutoring for their child if they needed it.

Right now, you’re probably asking, “Why are so few families taking advantage of this great opportunity?” The reason given by the US Department of Education: Students and their families are simply unaware the free tutoring program exists at their school. Free tutoring is offered to low-income students attending schools that have been identified as “in need of improvement” for 2+ years. The next shocking statistic is that almost half the schools in America fall into that category!

The federal dollars to support the free tutoring program are set aside (under Title I of the No Child Left Behind law), but the word is not getting out to parents. That’s the reason I founded a non-profit called FreeNCLBTutoring.org.  You can check out the statistics for your home state here.

The FreeNCLBTutoring.org mission is simple: to increase parental awareness of and student participation in the free tutoring program offered under the No Child Left Behind Act. No donations requested; no petitions to sign, no strings attached -- the site is simply a public service to encourage parents to determine their child’s eligibility for free NCLB tutoring and get them registered for the program at their school.

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