A failing Grade For No Child Left Behind

Is President Bush's key domestic programliving up to the promise of better education?

CEO, Eugene V. Wade. Internal data shows that the average Platform student gains reading or math skills twice as fast as those not in the program. The program has a 6-to-1 student–teacher ratio.

Because districts give each child a fixed allotment of several hundred dollars, bidding tutoring companies compete on program quality, not price. “There certainly is meaningful opportunity for entrepreneurs. This is a market with millions of children, most of them black and brown,” says Wade. This fall, Platform Learning will expand to Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Atlanta.

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