Explanations Vary as Tutoring Program Falls Short

Among the many reforms in the massive education legislation that Congress passed in 2001 was a program that would provide tutoring to children from low-income families.

Proponents hailed the program as an academic lifeline that would level the playing field for students trapped in underperforming schools.

“Any school that doesn't perform, any school that cannot catch up and do its job, a parent will have these options — a better public school, a tutor or a charter school,” President George W. Bush said in early 2002 when he signed the landmark No Child Left Behind Act into law.

But after ...

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