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[Susan notes: Great point: where are the qualifications, requirements, and dispositions required of tutors? Why is no one mentioning dispositions needed to nurture children?]

Published in New York Times
09/29/2004

To the editor

Re "Schools Expect Law to Require Private Tutors at City Sites" and "Mayor's Promotion Standards Are Approved for Fifth Grade" (news articles, Sept. 28):



To whom will the Department of Education entrust the critical responsibilities of tutoring our "failing" New York City public school students?



If highly qualified teachers are having difficulty ensuring the success of our needy learners, what will be the qualifications, requirements and dispositions that should be demanded of the tutors?



The high cost and high expectations of tutors require that they be very carefully prepared, screened and selected. Our public school students deserve nothing less.



Frances R. Curcio, professor Queens College, CUNY


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