Chicago’s $16M Tutor Fund: Use It or Lose It

Reprinted from Chicago Tribune

Cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools is racing to spend about $16 million in federal tutoring grants by the end of the summer to avoid losing the money in a program plagued by dwindling participation and financial missteps.

In a district where more than 100,000 students each year qualify for free tutoring courses under Supplemental Educational Services, CPS is struggling to find takers. Attendance has slid from nearly 57,000 students in 2009 to just 22,800 so far this school year, putting millions of federal dollars at risk.

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