BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Help is on the way for students who struggle with reading.
The state will offer free tutoring to improve the literacy rate.

“It all starts with reading,” said State Representative Scott McKnight. “You must learn to read now in order to learn later.”

38 thousand students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, can now get tutoring through the Steve Carter Literacy Tutoring Program, with a $1,000 voucher. State Superintendent, Cade Brumley, says that it won’t help every child, but will move the needle in the right direction. “Parents will have the opportunity to go in, see their child’s voucher for $1,000, and be able to apply that voucher to various vendors throughout the state who have been approved by our selection process,” explained Brumley.

The tutoring will be split into 25 to 35 sessions – completely free. However, Deputy Superintendent, Jenna Chiasson, says only those who score low on state assessments will be eligible. “Eligible families can expect communication from their school system about the program and how to access the user platform,” she continued.

There are still a few kinks that need to be worked out. There may not be enough tutors to go around, and reaching students in rural areas may be difficult. “We probably would not have enough individuals or companies, rather, that could provide face-to-face tutoring services, but what we have made available and doing the best that we can is a set of providers who are willing to provide online,” Brumley claimed.

They hope to get the $1,000 tutoring voucher program up and running before the end of the year.

Parents can find out more about pre-registration here.