Thursday, June 19, 2008

Internal Pittsburgh School Audit Criticizes Student Tutoring Arrangement - Target 11 News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh

Internal Pittsburgh School Audit Criticizes Student Tutoring Arrangement - Target 11 News Story - WPXI Pittsburgh Target 11’s Rick Earle has discovered a Pittsburgh school board member's son was paid to tutor other students during the school day.

Earle obtained an internal school document that was critical of the arrangement. The school board member's son wasn't alone.

In all, 20 Pittsburgh School District high school students were paid to tutor last year. Some of them were paid to tutor during the school day.
True story. My son, now finished with 4th grade, walks past a classroom of K students in the hallway counting off after a bathroom break. They count, 5, 6, 7, 8, etc. My son, being the wise guy, injects some other numbers into the mix, under his breath, 12, 5, 9, 13. He walks past.

The teacher gets steamed. So, my son, is put into hot water and has 'tutor duties' assigned to him for lunch period every Wednesday.

The principal takes him aside and has a little talk with him. He explains, that as a 4th grader, the things he is working on is much unlike what the Kindergarden kids are facing. Those kids don't have such mastery of the numbers in a group setting.

My son wasn't teasing the kids because they were 'dumb.' But that is another story on motivation for another day.

Anyway, the principal puts forth a question to my son, to prove a point. He asked, "For instance, what's Newton's third law?"

He answered: "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."

Never mind.

My son had a wonderful time as a tutor. He got so good, they had him in sessions to instruct other kids in the 4th and 5th grade on 'how to tutor' too. The teacher gave him a wonderful photo book of the national parks and he also got a certificate of appreciation at the end of school assembly.

My son did put in a two-week notice so that in the final two weeks of school, he'd be able to have more social time with his classmates at recess. Request was granted.

He didn't get a check. If anyone here leaks this story that other students were getting paid to tutor -- I don't know what he'll do.


Anonymous said...

I dont understand what a tutoring story from Nov 2007 has to do with exist, people apply. If your kid was a high school senior, he could get paid also. Or are you just trying to embarrass Mrs Colaizzi??? Thats old news,Mark.

Mark Rauterkus said...

The news is in the newspaper. They decide what is old and what is new.

The book and certificate for my son is new news. I put my own twist on the story.

The news of this story is that it happened while the kids were in school. That's called double dipping in the workforce.

I can't embarrass.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Yes, this came up from November 07.

There was another tutoring article yesterday. Schools for individuals.

This article is a bit older. Oh well, it showed up again.

Jen said...

I just wonder how students learn about these opportunities? Are they posted somewhere? Are they interviewed?

I've got a smart kid, patient with others, who'd love to make $1000 tutoring in a year, let alone over $6700. But neither he nor I have ever known it was even a possibility.


Of course at Schenley you'v got IB kids who need hours of service and "creativity" to fill up -- so they'd likely tutor for free, too.

Anonymous said...

Tutoring opportunities are posted on the districts website. High school seniors and college students are eligible. Yes they are interviewed, must get clearances and undergo training.