NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- New York City is investigating private-tutoring companies hired to fill education gaps under President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform act of 2001.
The office of Special Schools Investigator Richard Condon has questioned employees of Platform Learning Inc. and other firms that have been paid tens of millions of dollars by the federal government to tutor thousands of students in major metropolitan areas across the country, a Condon spokeswoman told the New York Post.
The investigation is focusing on potential conflicts of interested involved in the firms' marketing strategies.
"We are cooperating completely with the office of the special commissioner. Moreover, we believe strongly that the practices of the industry should be held up to scrutiny," said Platform spokesman George Arzt.
Platform alone saw revenues of more than $10 million in 2003, charging the government $35 per hour per student tutored.