|For Immediate Release|
|Monday, October 29, 2001|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman, 781-338-3106 or Jonathan Palumbo, 781-338-3105|
Commissioner and DOE Employees Tutor Malden High Students
Malden - Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll and more than 50 state Department of Education employees will begin to tutor students at Malden High School next week as part of a partnership between the agency, the city and the school department.
The Malden program is part of a statewide effort to provide students in the Class of 2003 with one-on-one assistance in English and math. Local partnerships have been set up in every region of the state to ensure that students are getting the help they need.
"We are committed to helping all students in the Class of 2003 succeed and I wanted to show my commitment by tutoring a student myself," Commissioner Driscoll said. "Our efforts to supply mentors and tutors will serve as another tool to help supplement what schools are already doing to improve student achievement."
Malden Superintendent Joan A. Connolly thanked the Department of Education and Malden city employees for their particiapation.
"I am pleased to have volunteers helping students in our high school improve their English and math skills," she said.
Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard said he is confident this program will make a difference for students who need extra help in English and math.
"I am delighted that 17 of the city’s employees have accepted our challenge to work with our high school students to help them achieve success," he said. "I look forward to working alongside Commissioner Driscoll and his staff to improve student performance."
The tutoring will begin on Wednesday, October 31 and continue for seven weeks.
The Malden tutoring supplements other programs that have already been enacted. Last week, the Department launched free on-line tutoring for all high school juniors.