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In Philadelphia, Free Tutoring Is a No-Brainer For Parents
Following are excerpts from an article in today's Philadelphia Inquirer:

"When Mignon Davis read the flyer her 10-year-old daughter, Nykia, brought home from Philadelphia's Shaw Middle School, she could hardly believe it. A company called Best Education Partners was ready to tutor her child for free. The program included 30 hours of instruction, a 5-1 student-teacher ratio, and a curriculum combining intensive phonics with books written for multicultural, urban students. All she had to do was tell the district. For Davis, an administrative assistant who knew her daughter needed extra help, it was a no-brainer."

"More than 100,000 academically struggling Philadelphia students are eligible for free tutoring because the 178 low-performing schools they attend haven't shown the year-to-year improvement that No Child Left Behind requires."

"'I liked the fact that there were only five kids to a teacher,' Davis said. 'Before she was hesitant, but now she picks up a book and reads it. Her self-esteem went up. And she'd say, 'I learned to do this.'"


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