Chicago schools could lose grant for tutoring program

04/30/2012 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Chicago Public Schools must spend $16 million in federal tutoring grants by the end of the summer or risk losing the funds. The district budgeted about $67 million this year for its Supplemental Educational Services program, under which about 100,000 area students qualify for free tutoring services. However, the program has been plagued with increasingly low participation, and state officials are considering eliminating it altogether.

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