Florida House aims to better regulate tutoring services
Florida lawmakers responded Thursday to Tampa Bay Times stories of fraud and abuse in the state's federally funded tutoring program by moving legislation aimed at stemming the troubles.
One surprising twist came in an amendment to HB 7027 that would end the requirement that low-income schools provide the tutoring services at all. Just last year, the Legislature mandated spending 15 percent of Title I funds on the tutoring over the objections of school districts that saw the state's No Child Left Behind waiver as an out for the questionable program.
Our Tallahassee bureau reports:
Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, added an unexpected provision to her sweeping education accountability bill Thursday: a pitch to free Florida school districts from having to provide private tutoring services at low-income schools. ... Passidomo's pitch: Give school systems the option to spend that money on tutoring, or on other programs for low-income children instead.
"We feel that each school district is in the best position to determine and understand the needs of their students, and the best use of their Title I funding," Passidomo said Thursday.