Saturday, December 8, 2012

Why doesn't George B. Thomas tutor students with Special Education Needs?

On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, the Board of Education will give some of $100,000 (sorry, the BOE doesn't say how much of this $100,000) to the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Inc. aka Saturday School.  
The Board of Education just gave the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Inc. $86,000 in June of this year.  
Yet, according to the parent that spoke at the recent meeting between Superintendent Joshua Starr and the Special Education Advisory Committee, the George B. Thomas Learning Academy, Inc. does not provide tutoring services to students with special education needs.  

Watch Video at this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM1F0BkDlgo&feature=share&list=UUe0tEnIynI_9Hv0yFAgEWvQ

The Board of Education is not the only County agency that is supplying this program with taxpayer funds.  How is it that our tax dollars are being diverted to a program that will not serve all public school students? 

Board of Education August 27, 2009 - sole source award                          $86,000
Board of Education July 8, 2010 - extension                                              $86,000
Board of Education June 16, 2011 - extension                                           $86,000
Board of Education FY 2012 Direct payment to George B. Thomas, Sr.    $41,123
Board of Education June 14, 2012  - extension                                          $86,000



FY 07 Award from Montgomery County Council:
George B. Thomas Learning Academy (GBTLA) Provides tutoring and mentoring to enhance the academic performance and achievement of children in grades 1 through 12 
$1,045,915

FY 12 Montgomery County Government:


Health and Human Services
THE GEORGE B THOMAS
1008668
FY12 Delivery Order for The George B. Thomas
$116,054.00
Health and Human Services
THE GEORGE B THOMAS
1008668
FY12 Delivery Order for The George B. Thomas
$649,140.00


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The George B. Thomas Saturday School partners include the following organizations:

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