COLUMBUS (AP) - The Ohio Department of Education is dropping a federally funded tutoring program that was hit with allegations of fraud and wrongdoing, a change enabled by the state's recent waiver for the No Child Left Behind law.
The state had overseen the "supplemental educational services" program for students at low-performing schools for a decade, but the state auditor began investigating it after allegations of fraudulent billing and tutoring in unsafe conditions, The Columbus Dispatch reported today.
The U.S. Department of Education announced last week that Ohio was among eight more states granted a waiver on some key rules of the No Child Left Behind law. In all, 19 states have so far been given the waivers in exchange for promises from the states to improve how they prepare and evaluate students and other states are seeking them.
Rules waived include those governing the tutoring program, the Dispatch reported.