Ohio Drops Federally Funded Tutoring Program

Jun 7, 2012

The Ohio Department of Education is dropping a federally funded tutoring program hit with allegations of fraud and wrongdoing.

The state had overseen the "supplemental educational services" program for students at low-performing schools. The state auditor began investigating after allegations of fraudulent billing and tutoring in unsafe conditions.

Now, districts will decide which tutors to hire and what services are needed, but the state will stop evaluating tutoring groups.

Federal funds set aside for the tutoring could be redirected to give low-performing facilities a longer school day and provide targeted intervention.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the change was enabled by Ohio's recent waiver from provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind law. The waiver gives Ohio more flexibility with using federal funds and tailored solutions to education problems.