For immediate release:
February 22, 2013
PARENTS IN FLORIDA SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF FEDERALLY FUNDED TUTORING SERVICES
Washington – Today, Tutor Our Children (TOC) issued the following statements by parents in Florida who depend on federally funded tutoring services for their children. Students across the country continue to struggle in low-performing, overly crowded schools without the means to pay for the tutoring services and individualized attention they so desperately need. TOC gives these children and their parents a voice by fighting for a robust free tutoring program that provides high quality services and is subject to a rigorous accountability system.
“The teachers at our school have so many children in their classes; they just don’t have time to spend with each one of the kids. These tutoring services and the teachers who provide them are the lifeline that my family needs to keep my son from falling behind.”
- Joyce Williamson, Miami, FL
“I am so thankful our school has chosen to provide tutoring services that I would otherwise be unable to afford. These teachers want to see my son succeed, and it is evident not only in their efforts to also in his progress in the classroom.”
- Selena Robinson, Miami, FL
“Within the tutoring program, everything is upfront. Parents get to talk with the teachers and someone is always there to help you and answer your questions. My daughter’s reading and math skills have improved exponentially since starting the program. Bottom line is we have these tutoring services to thank for her success.”
- Iris Ordonez, Miami, FL
“This tutoring program is the only time my daughter has one-on-one access to a teacher. Our family depends on it to help her succeed when our school simply does not have the resources or capacity to give her the attention she needs.”
- Denise Jean-Francois, Miami, FL
Tutor Our Children was created to give a voice to the parents and children who benefit from federally funded tutoring services and the providers, community organizations and faith-based groups across the country dedicated to extending support to the most vulnerable students. For more information, visit www.tutorourchildren.org.