At an estimated $2 billion per year, the market for Supplemental Educational Services (SES)--the voluntary tutoring programs that must be offered to students who attend certain underperforming schools, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB)--has become one of the hottest money-making propositions in public education.

Since NCLB's inception in 2001, hundreds of educational service providers have lined up to cash in on the law's prove-it-or-lose-it philosophy, which threatens dire consequences for any school that cannot boast improved test scores for all subgroups of students.

Countless salespeople have been dispatched to school


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