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Education Industry Association EIA Statement on the Outsourcing of SES Tutoring

Here is EIA's Board of Directors & Executive Staff:

Board of Directors & Executive Staff
Susan Jacoby (President)
Education Industry Association

Deborah M. McGriff (President Elect)
Edison Schools, Inc.

Elliot Sainer (Vice President)
Aspen Education Group

Mark DeFusco (Secretary)
Vatterott Education Centers

Lori Sweeney (Treasurer)
Ombudsman Educational Services

Guilbert Hentschke (Past President)
Rossier School of Education,
University of Southern California

Michael R. Sandler (Executive Committee)
Eduventures, Inc.

Alan J. Carter, Sr.
University Instructors, Inc.

George Cigale
Tutor.com, Inc.

Jim Giovannini
Academic Tutoring Centers

Richmond (Rick) Holden
J.L. Hammett Co.

Melissa Mack
Senior Vice-President, Communications
Kaplan, Inc.,

Todd Parchman
Parchman, Vaughan & Co., LLC

Lawrence C. Patrick, Jr.
Charter School Attorney
Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, PC

Udo Schulz
SABIS Educational Systems, Inc.

Steven Pines, (Executive Director & Board Secretary)

Chris Yelich, (Administrative Director)

EIA's preferred partners are:
* Education Week
* SLM Financial Corporation
* Sterling Testing Systems
* TutorTrek

The EIA strongly supports education professionals, including teachers and tutors, who are US trained and employed. This is especially true when they are used in publicly supported programs, like SES.

“US taxpayers should not be supporting off-shore educational staff”, stated Steve Pines, Executive Director of the Education Industry Association. “The system of American education, especially under NCLB, is unique and under-going a rapid transformation with respect to instructional content and the standards that measure student outcomes,” Pines continued.

The use of personnel who are located in other countries, including India, and who provide academic support online may not be the most effective instructional strategy. This is especially true with students who already have significant information processing deficiencies.

Pines remarked that, “Frankly, off-shore staff do not fully understand our system of education, and their cultural and communication differences may impede student learning.”

The use of outsourced education staff is in a very early stage of development and initial reports from individual companies show disappointing results.

— Education Industry Association
Education Industry Association


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