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New rules to govern tutors operating under No Child Left Behind

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Thousands of low-income families in Washington state are getting an enticing offer in the mail this month: Free homework help for their kids, provided mainly by private tutoring companies.

It’s all due to Washington losing its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which says 100 percent of students should be passing state math and reading tests this year. Because Washington schools largely aren’t meeting that standard, school districts must redirect 20 percent of their federal Title I money — about $40 million annually statewide — to help pay for the extra tutoring efforts.

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