Amarillo, Texas - No child left behind was created to help students across the country and here in Texas succeed. But we're learning that program here in Texas has not had as much success.
As part of No Child Left Behind students from low-income families were able to receive tutoring services for free. At the time it was called a "lifeline that would help level the playing field for students trapped in under-performing schools."
We're learning how it fell short helping students here in Texas since the state has opted out of these guidelines on September 30th. School districts were required to set aside a portion of their federal funding, often times from Title I, to pay tutoring providers.
One major issue was that these providers were able to charge any amount they wanted. Some were comparable to attorney fees per hour. But many districts are reporting fewer than 20 percent of their students actually received these services.
What ever funds a district was allotted was divided among eligible students. The the issues came with the high prices being charged. Once a child has used their allotted funds, they could no longer receive tutoring.
Often times this only resulted in 10 hours of service for a whole school year, which just wasn't enough for struggling students.