The Washington Post reports that some students are making little headway with required tutoring under the No Child Left Behind Act. Under the act, schools that are not meeting standards are eventually required to hire outside education firms to tutor the struggling students. However, these companies are reluctant to establish their business in remote locations where students are few, and profits are slim. Because of this, some schools have turned to tutoring companies that have seemingly sprung up overnight, and have little track record. For the most part, debate over these “supplemental education services” has centered on students in urban schools. However, for the 1/3 of U.S. schools in rural areas, meeting this requirement is a major challenge. The problems are threefold: schools have a hard time convincing providers to come out their way, the quality of supplemental providers may be lacking, and finally parents and students may be weary after traveling several hours to attend tutoring sessions at out-of-the-way locations… (Note: This site requires free registration.)