by SK Tilton SESTutoringBiz.com
Schools, flush with cash previously allocated for SES, are attempting to continue providing supplemental education services for a fraction of previously offered per pupil allotments (PPA’s). Schools have chosen to either run their own ”extended learning” programs by assigning additional responsibilities to former school site supervisors or by hiring, “extended learning” coordinators. Typically, this involves pulling students out of classes during the day and requiring teachers to provide afterschool tutoring. This option is not without its issues. Some of these students are also being pulled to meet with behavior specialists and other professionals. Students cannot be pulled from classes when their primary teacher is conducting a review or administering an exam, nor can students be compelled to attend after-school tutoring and will often not do so without incentives. Thus, while these schools aim to offer 50+ hours of tutoring to their under-performing students, actual application proves this goal unattainable.
In the alternative, school districts are partnering with former SES providers and requesting they provide the same level of service for as little as $5.95 per student hour of instruction (PPA’s under SES would typically range from a low of $25 per hour of instruction up to $90 per hour of instruction). To accompany this proposed low per people allotment, school districts are demanding as much as 84 hours of instruction. Neither model is sustainable in the long term.
I suspect school districts will come to see the true value of the services provided by SES providers and we will return to a system similar to what was offered under former President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act.[divider top=”0″]
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