Tutoring deadline extended

November 01, 2005|By SARA NEUFELD

The Baltimore school system has extended the deadline for families at 54 elementary and middle schools to apply for their children to receive free tutoring.

The school board voted last week to spend an extra $3 million on tutoring for low-income children who attend schools that have failed to meet state goals on standardized tests. The system agreed to the expenditure as part of a settlement agreement with the state, which had accused the system in an audit of misusing federal money for needy children.

Because of the extra money, the number of free tutoring spots, valued at $1,900 each, has more than doubled this year. Despite an earlier deadline of Sept. 30, parents may now apply until the approximately 10,000 spots are filled. The tutoring is required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Parent Power Works, a project designed to help parents make informed education decisions for their children, has recognized 10 schools and their principals for success in getting parents to register their children for tutoring.

The schools are: Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle, Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary/Middle, General Wolfe Elementary, Harriet Tubman Elementary, Pimlico Middle, Tench Tilghman Elementary, Thurgood Marshall Middle, West Baltimore Middle and Westport Academy.

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