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Students to Receive Special Tutoring at Brennan Middle School

Services may be required to be offered at Wamsutta Middle School as well.

Attleboro's will be required to offer Supplemental Education Services for the upcoming school year as part of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The Supplemental Education Services are offered to low-income students to any school that receives Title I funds and has an Adequate Yearly Progress status and is in year two or below, according to Attleboro's Director for Teaching and Learning Excellence Nancy Sprague.

The services include tutoring and remedial help in reading, language arts and mathematics provided before or after school, on weekends, and during the summer.

l could potentially offer the services as well, but its official Adequate Yearly Progress status has not been determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at this time. The ratings will be released in mid-September.

None of the middle schools will be required to offer No Child Left Behind School Choice for this school year as they have reached an AYP status of improvement.

However, Studley Elementary School may be required to offer NCLB School Choice depending on its AYP rating. Last year Studley did not meet all AYP expectations in Mathematics and if it does not meet the expectations again this year it will be in Improvement Year one in Mathematics.

If this is the case parents will receive letters notifying them of the status and Studley’s plans for improvement. Parents will also receive the NCLB School choice options, which allows them to send their child to another school within the district and have the district pay for transportation expenses until the school’s AYP rating improves.

“When the official determinations have been made, the district and each individual school will comply with all requirements, as we have done in the past,” Sprague said.

 does not receive Title I funds and is not subject to the AYP and NCLB ratings and regulations.

Jen Crowder August 11, 2011 at 01:20 PM
So much for the "journey to excellance" being successful....
Melissa Riley August 11, 2011 at 05:49 PM
J.Y., As a former teacher at Brennan and Attleboro tax payer, I'm happy that additional funding is being provided for students who are falling behind their peers. Brennan is eligible for extra funding because it is a Title 1 school, servicing a high number of low income children. This does not mean that only low-income students are eligible for extra help. Many of the children receiving Title 1 help are new to the US and do not speak English. Imagine being a 10 year old in school in France. Everything you are being taught and are expected to learn is in French. You are expected to read at a 5th grade level in French. How would you do? The No Child Left Behind Law is not meant to be punitive. It is meant to identify and help children who need help providing extra funds to help their low income, non English or any struggling math or English language arts students. With the continual influx of children to the Attleboro Public Schools from non English speaking countries and the increasing number of children living in poverty these funds will be vital for the academic success of all children.
Jen Crowder August 11, 2011 at 11:26 PM
Melissa: By all means I am excited that the schools are getting funding.My remark was in haste this morning and I was not clear. Yes funding is needed and these tutors are needed. I do not know if you follow the school news here but I am the mom who took her complaint to the Board of Education. I did not intend to make it sound like this was a bad thing for the schools Now if only their failures in speial ed could get them more funding....
Melissa Riley August 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM
JY, Yes I have followed your story of frustration but didn't realize you were the person I was responding to. I applaud your efforts in advocating for your child. I, too agree more funding is needed for special education! No child should be left behind.

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