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Help! Questions & Answers Elementary School
What does it mean for my child's teacher to be "highly qualified"?
The key to a quality education is a good teacher. The No Child Left Behind Act requires a highly qualified teacher for core courses (reading, math, history, etc.) in every classroom by the end of the 2005-06 school year. "Highly qualified" means that a teacher has a college degree, is certified by the state and shows knowledge about the subject that he or she teaches.
Does my child qualify for school choice?
Your child may qualify for transfer to another public school in the district, including a public charter school, if his or her Title I school has missed its annual academic progress goals for two consecutive years. Under No Child Left Behind, school districts are required to notify parents each year if their child is eligible for transfer, and to provide busing or other transportation to the new school. Contact your school district or your state department of education to find out if your school is a Title I school and if you're eligible for school choice. Contact information is at http://www.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html?src=ln.
Depending on your income level, your child may qualify for free tutoring and after-school homework help (supplemental educational services) if his or her school has missed its annual academic progress goals for three years. Your school district is required to tell eligible families about tutoring programs in its area. Contact your school district or state department of education to find out if your school is a Title I school and if you're eligible for SES. Contact information is at http://www.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html?src=ln. Names of approved providers in English or Spanish can also be found at the independent www.tutorsforkids.org, established with help from the U.S. Department of Education.