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Opening Arguments

A billion here, a billion there

Why did anybody expect No Child Left Behind to be any different from any other federal program in just throwing money at a problem and pretending that it will make a difference? NCLB, among other things, mandates tutoring for low-income, low-performing students. So the money gets tossed around, consulting firms make a mint, and nobody even knows if it's helping the kids:

On the state and national levels, no one tracks school spending on the tutoring industry, which analysts predict could become a $2 billion-a-year venture.

Big shock.