Last year, New York City first grade teacher Peace in the Classroom got trained in a literacy tutoring program which her administration promised to implement this year. But more than three months into the school year, they haven’t started yet, she says:

I am so desperate to get it off the ground that I have repeatedly inquired about when I am tutoring and which kid I will be tutoring. I even made up a possible tutoring schedule using times when a school aide could be with my class (like right when they come up from lunch), which I now can’t even offer because I need to use that time for oral storytelling. I offered for them to pay off my preps and tutor then. I have tried all I can so that this training, which probably cost at least $15,000 can actually be put to some good use.