TAMPA — Need a free tutor in Hillsborough County this fall?
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, you might be entitled to one. And it's time to go shopping.
At 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Middle School in Tampa, the school district will be offering the first of five "provider fairs," featuring a raft of companies that have gone into business to offer free tutoring under the federal law.
To qualify, students must attend a low-income Title 1 school and be eligible for a free or reduced-fee lunch. Their school must also have failed to make adequate progress for two or more consecutive years under federal and state guidelines. More than 100 schools fall into that category in Hillsborough.
Other fairs will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at Greco Middle School in Temple Terrace; on Sept. 8 at Roland Park K-8 in Tampa; on Sept. 10 at Shields Middle School in Ruskin; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at Turkey Creek Middle School in Plant City.
For more information on fair locations, eligible schools and tips for finding a good tutor, visit the Gradebook at blogs.tampabay.com/schools.