Freeman introduces bill to establish tutoring program in Pennsylvania schools

State Rep. Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, has introduced legislation designed to institute a tutoring program where 11th- and 12th-grade students could tutor elementary school-aged children for academic credit.


Freeman said his legislation (H.B. 1449) would require the state Board of Education to establish an in-house tutoring program in Pennsylvania school districts, which would allow students in 11th and 12th grades to tutor pupils in grades one to six and receive academic credit for their tutoring.


“The benefits of high school students tutoring elementary students is abundant,” Freeman said.

“Tutoring can increase good study habits, improve academic performance, boost self-esteem and can put students in charge of their own learning process and pass that knowledge onto the children. The students being tutored get the extra attention they need to improve their academic performance and are typically more receptive to learning from a high school student they look up to.”


Freeman said school districts would be able to implement the program at little or no cost to taxpayers and it would foster a sense of community and pride in students.


“Tutoring is the most cost effective way to enhance academic performance for both the student being tutored and the student who serves as tutor,” Freeman said.


The legislation is expected to be referred to the House Education