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What Will Help The San Diego Schools?

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Summary:
Going to school is all about learning the facts. It’s also about gaining
knowledge on how to interpret these facts and form opinions based on
them. While many students excel academically, there are an equal amount
of those who do not. And the number of minority and low-income students
in the San Diego Public Schools who don’t succeed is way too high.

It’s important to not only identify the students who are struggling, but
to get them the help they need to succeed in school...


Keywords:
San Diego Schools, Patricia Hawke


Article Body:
Going to school is all about learning the facts. It’s also about gaining
knowledge on how to interpret these facts and form opinions based on
them. While many students excel academically, there are an equal amount
of those who do not. And the number of minority and low-income students
in the San Diego Public Schools who don’t succeed is way too high.

It’s important to not only identify the students who are struggling, but
to get them the help they need to succeed in school without feeling
discouraged or stupid. Students attending San Diego Schools are among the
millions of students throughout the nation who can take advantage of free
services to help them catch up in school. While each individual school
district offers a variety of programs to get students back on track when
they need the extra help, can these programs alone meet the need?

Free Programs at San Diego Schools

San Diego Schools offer two interesting programs; tutor provider fairs,
and live, on-line homework help. The homework help for students attending
San Diego Schools is provided in conjunction with the San Diego Public
Library, the City of San Diego, and http://tutor.com. Parents of students
attending Program Improvement schools in San Diego Schools have been
invited to attend one of seven tutoring provider fairs scheduled in July
and August. This is key, because reaching out to parents of struggling
students is often the answer.

The service provider fairs give San Diego Schools parents the opportunity
to meet and speak with the tutoring providers and choose the one that
best fits their students’ needs.

Schools That Need Help
In many cases, entire San Diego Schools are the case in need. The federal
No Child Left Behind Act provides options to parents of San Diego Schools
students attending campuses that have been categorized as “Program
Improvement” for a minimum of one school year. Under the act, schools in
program improvement for 2 years more must offer these San Diego Schools
students supplemental educational services, which include free tutoring.
San Diego Schools parents of students in affected schools received a
booklet by mail detailing the program. More than 30 education providers
are expected to attend. These programs are approved by the California
Department of Education.

Live Homework Help is a free, live, one-to-one online tutoring service
connecting students in San Diego Schools to qualified tutors from any
Internet-enabled computer. English and Spanish-speaking tutors are
available. San Diego Schools students, parents and teachers can connect
to online tutors -- seven days a week any time between 1:00 - 10:00 pm.
Students can use Live Homework Help whenever they need assistance.
Currently, the service is only accessible on computers running Microsoft
Windows. Work is underway to provide the service across other computer
platforms, as well as within San Diego Schools themselves. Of course,
that asks the question- do low-income students have access to computers?

To use Live Homework Help and connect with a live online tutor, a San
Diego Schools student needs either a valid San Diego Public Library card
number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) or a San Diego Public
Library Access Card.

				
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