Survey: Low-income parents know about free tutoring but don't use it
Affluent parents fork out big bucks for tutors for their kids. But many low-income parents, offered free tutoring, are not taking advantage of it, a recent federal survey finds.
Under No Child Left Behind, schools that repeatedly fall short of federal standards must offer free tutoring. And in the first few years of the program, there was considerable concern -- including in the Tampa Bay area -- that parents weren't taking advantage of it because districts weren't getting the word out.
But the survey from the National Center for Education Statistics, released last month, suggests that knowledge of the program isn't the problem. About 60 percent of parents surveyed said they did get information about free tutoring from the school, but only 22 percent took advantage of it.
The survey also found that most parents -- 63 percent -- whose children did get free tutoring were satisfied with the quality. So what gives?