For immediate release:
February 8, 2013
Tutor Our Children Statement in Support of Parent Choice in Education
“We will continue to fight for the parents and students who depend on federally funded tutoring services”
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions held a hearing entitled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers.” Following the hearing, Stephanie Monroe, Tutor Our Children spokesperson, issued the following statement regarding the importance of preserving federally funded tutoring services for the most vulnerable students:
“At Tutor Our Children, we strive to ensure that Title I funds are used for their intended purpose: to preserve the educational safety net by providing targeted assistance to the most vulnerable students. While we continue to work to guarantee that vital federally funded tutoring services are included in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is critical that students who are currently struggling in low-performing schools have access to the help they need to succeed and would otherwise be unable to afford.
“Parents across the country have a right to choose when it comes to their children’s education, and the U.S. Department of Education should be enforcing this right rather than eliminating it through waivers that ignore parental choice and student needs.
“Tutor Our Children will continue to fight for the parents and students who depend on federally funded tutoring services. For them, this lifeline must be protected, especially during the transition period of education reform.”
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.