The New York Times reports that only a small fraction of public school students are seeking out free tutoring or transfers out of failing schools. These options are available under No Child Left Behind, but few students are aware of these options, and even fewer are using them. Because of this, Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has threatened to withhold federal funds from states that do not make students aware of their choices. In a wide-ranging assessment of student achievement, the Department of Education found that only 17 percent of eligible students signed up for free tutoring the...
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