SEATTLE - Washington has become the first state in the country to lose its waiver for No Child Left Behind. This after the state voted down the use of student test scores as part of teacher evaluations. Schools will lose control of about $40 million. However, private tutoring companies could be positioned to reap the benefits.
With the waiver, those like the Tacoma School District opened preschools and hired instructional coaches. Money that will now to go mandatory tutoring.
"They're no longer able to say I'm going to implement this program to help our students or this program," said Laura Leddusire, the operations manager for Best in Class, a private tutoring company. "They're going to have a lot less flexibility."
While Leddusire admits this loss will be detrimental to schools, she believes there could be a direct benefit to students who will take advantage of private tutoring.
"We could see firsthand how these students could grow on a personal level with just a little bit of help," said Leddusire. "I think it will increase the demand for private tutoring; it’s giving resources to students who could never afford this otherwise."
Through No Child Left Behind, underperforming schools gave families a chance to seek private tutoring or bus students to better performing schools.
It's still unclear how each school district in the state will handle the loss of the funds, but the state could reapply for the waiver after this next school year.