School system seeking input on new tutoring program



The Richmond County School System’s Title I department is asking for input about new extended-learning-time programs being implemented in at least nine schools next year.

In the fall, all schools labeled as Focus or Priority schools – those that have large performance gaps among subgroups under the state’s new accountability system – will have to design plans for extended learning, called Flexible Learning Plans.

The plans will replace the Supplemental Educational Services Program, which offered free tutoring under the No Child Left Behind legislation.

Few students took advantage of the free tutoring. Because of the lack of interest, Georgia’s waiver to get out of some provisions of NCLB included a request to use SES funding for other programs.

Under the Flexible Learning Plans, schools can set up after-school learning, Saturday school or other types of tutoring, according to Interim Title I Director Audrey Spry.

The school system is asking parents, business leaders and stakeholders to attend an information meeting at noon Thursday for input into the new program. The meeting will be at the Richmond County Board of Education at 864 Broad St.

Few students take advantage of free tutoring