Texas Southern Graduates Embrace SES Tutoring to Give Support to Students

 

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Students can receive extra academic help at no cost to the child or parent as a result of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). This free tutoring is available if a child’s school has been identified as “in need of improvement.” Students attending eligible Title I schools, and who receive free or reduced-price meals, are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Education Services (SES) Tutorial Program. SES tutoring is provided outside of the regular school day (before and after school or on weekends).

Students who have experienced difficulty passing various state mandated exams will be enrolled in tutoring sessions first and are deemed "priority students." The second set to be approved for free tutoring will be those students who receive free or reduced meals.

Across Texas, there are believed to be over 130,000 students in need of tutoring and other student support services. "This is important enough to warrant our attention and involvement," states TSU Spokesperson Eva Pickens, one of the authors of the initial SES Proposal and program design. "Even though we're relatively new to the SES Program, we want to take this opportunity to help these students, many of whom end up enrolling at our universities."

"We feel that if we tutor the students while they're still in elementary, middle and high school, this would help to eliminate or drastically reduce the number of students entering college with a need to take remedial education classes. We intend to help these students be successful, this is our only goal as a provider."

TSU intends to involve alumni (recent and long-time graduates), student teachers from its College of Education and members of its current student body who maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average and who have completed at least 12 semester hours in the subject area he/she intends to tutor.

"We have assembled a dynamic team of caring educators to join us in this initiative and we're excited about the possibilities," states Brenda Eikner-Jones, who will handle the Dallas/Ft. Worth and Arlington areas. Marcele Brooks is serving as the program coordinator for the SES Program, based in Houston, TX.

The SES tutorial program is offered by providers approved by the State of Texas, at no cost to the parent. For the 2012-2013 school year, Texas Southern University has been approved as one of the state-approved SES providers.

For more information about this FREE tutoring program for your child, please contact your child’s school, or call Texas Southern University at 713-313-4205.

Parents interested in enrolling their children in SES must complete and submit an enrollment form at their child’s school, or on the website by typing in WWW.EZSES.ORG/TX_APPLICATION. For additional information about TSU SES in the State of Texas, or to find out if your child is eligible to participate in the program, call Marcele Brooks at TSU at  713-313-7970.

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