WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Parents of elementary school children who are lagging behind in reading, math and language skills can pick up a check for up to $500 to pay for a private tutor for their children under a new state funding program announced at the Waynesboro Area School Board meeting Tuesday.
Called Classroom Plus, the money will come to the local district through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Pennsylvania's share will be $23.6 million and is expected to take care of more than 47,000 children across the state, said Sheri Diller, director of elementary education for the Waynesboro Area School District.
"It's part of the federal No Child Left Behind program," Diller said.
She didn't know how many local children would be eligible for the program.
"Right now there are more than we can find tutors for," Diller said.
Eligibility will be determined by classroom teachers. Parents will have to fill out a simple application form to get the money.