Tutors in Calcutta

Monday, February 28, 2005

Tutors in Calcutta

Think the offshoring of jobs is just a private-sector phenomenon? Guess again. The American Federation of Teachers reports:
American companies that move jobs offshore have been harshly criticized, so it's surprising to learn that the U.S. government itself, through a little-known provision of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), is providing a taxpayer-funded windfall for tutoring companies in India.

NCLB requires school districts to offer tutoring to some students in schools that fail to meet the law's flawed adequate yearly progress requirements. Districts can contract with firms to provide that tutoring through computers and Internet hookups instead of classrooms, and, as a result, the United States is sending NCLB funds to tutoring companies in India.

National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" reports that tutoring firms in India pay employees as little as $230 a month for full-time work.

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