May 5th, 2005

Free Tutoring

No Child Left Behind provides up to 2 billion dollars for after-school tutoring. Millions of students in chronically failing schools can now attend programs offered by education companies like Kaplan, Princeton Review, and Sylvan Learning Centers.

Supporters of NCLB say it levels the playing field.  They claim that low income students now have access to what affluent students always have.  But if it’s such a great opportunity then why, in some school districts, can’t companies find any students to tutor among the thousands who are eligible? This report uncovers the hostile tactics used to shut-out tutoring companies, but it’s the quality of services some companies provide at taxpayer expense that viewers may find more troubling.

(Originally aired May 5, 2005)

This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

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