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SD2 should allow private tutors in schools

2011-09-30T00:00:00Z 2011-09-30T09:50:05Z SD2 should allow private tutors in schools The Billings Gazette
September 30, 2011 12:00 am

My husband and I recently received a letter from School District 2 informing us that they have failed in meeting the standard set by the "No Child Left Behind" Act.

Although we have a child that had been "Left Behind," I casually set the letter aside, thinking that it didn't concern us anymore.

Last year our daughter entered the fourth grade with a reading level at only early first grade. After the combined efforts of the principal, teachers and our private-pay tutor, as well as our daughter's own perseverance, she ended the year at her grade level.

Through private pay, we continued her tutoring throughout the summer, and she has entered grade five with additional improvement in her reading scores.

We anticipated another successful school year.

Then we were notified that private-pay tutors were no longer allowed on school premises. We could continue private tutoring but she must be signed out of school and driven to another location, causing disruption in her school day as well as loss of valuable school time.

While the School District has admitted their failure in meeting national standards, they are simultaneously denying parents the opportunity to ensure that their own children do not become a "Left Behind" casualty.

It is ironic that this same school district is asking for an increase in our mill levy when some solutions to our educational challenges require no tax increase whatsoever. We want Superintendent Keith Beeman to rescind the ban on private tutoring on school premises immediately.

Becky Wittman

Billings

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