In a memo to all Local Education Authority administrators dated August 9th, the Texas Education Administration has advised that SES (Supplemental Education Services) is not required to be in place for the 2013-2014 school year.
Whilst the memo points out that this is a temporary suspension all indicators point to the fact that Texas has no intention of providing SES for the upcoming new year. The absence of the provider application from their support website and the removal of the intended publication date for said application cements this view point.
The suspension memo specifically mentions:
SIP requirements not required prior to the start of school year 2013-2014:
- 20% District Reservation for School Choice, 1% for Parent Outreach and Supplemental Educational Services (SES)
- 10% Campus Reservation for High-quality Professional Development
- School Choice Parent Notification Letter
- SES Parent Notification Letter and Packet
It is my opinion that only the rejection of the application for flexibility by the Department of Education would prompt Texas to move forward with SES for the upcoming school year and if this happened the program would be seriously hampered by the foot dragging we have seen to date. The lack of provider applications and parent packets would be used, I am cynically sure, to delay any tutoring.
SES tutoring providers in Texas should be looking to diversify their business model to make up for any shortfall this suspension of services will introduce. Make sure you check all Marketing and Business Building & Resource articles to help move into new areas and find new contracts be they federal or private.
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