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New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

PRESS RELEASE

December 10, 2002

SDE Selects Service Providers to Provide Supplemental Educational Services for Eligible Children


(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE) announced today that seven service providers have been selected to provide supplemental educational services, including tutoring and academic enrichment activities, for eligible children in schools that have failed to make adequate yearly progress. Eligible children include those attending the 14 schools named as corrective action schools for 2002 and schools in their second year of school improvement.

The following contractors were selected: Club Z! (offering services primarily in Albuquerque) and Rio Grande Educational Collaborative (serving only Albuquerque) of Albuquerque, Compass Learning Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona, (serving all New Mexico schools with Internet access capability), JRL Enterprises Inc. of New Orleans, Louisiana, (serving all New Mexico schools), The One Room School House of Las Cruces (serving only Las Cruces), Tutor.com of New York, New York, (serving all New Mexico schools with Internet access capability) and the Zuni Public School District of Zuni (serving only Zuni).

The No Child Left Behind Act requires school districts to provide parents with choices relative to supplemental educational services if schools are not making progress. The services must be provided in addition to the regular school day and must be of high quality, research-based and specifically designed to attain academic proficiency and increase academic achievement.

"If parents are interested in these additional services, they have the right to select the service provider of their choice. However, schools may work with the parents to help guide their decision based on a student's specific needs," McCoy said.