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Re: “Career Opportunities

I was excited to see your paper actively sparking a conversation about the merits and pitfalls of SES tutoring services in Oakland Unified. As an educator and community activist, I know that Oakland stakeholders must closely examine how SES programs better the lives of our students in need. The SES program, at its best, can inspire positive change in our community, but I think you also do a good job of showing SES at its worst.

I was truly disappointed to see that my organization, Girls Moving Forward, was mischaracterized and improperly categorized in your article. Our program was not asked to plead its case in front of a review panel; we were approved with the second round of providers. This would have been easily discovered with some fact-checking. I take issue with being lumped in with the likes of Education Station, a company that I have repeatedly lodged complaints against for unethical and aggressive marketing practices.

Girls Moving Forward is a community-based tutoring and mentoring organization dedicated to making positive change in the lives of girls. We pair focused academic tutoring with self-confidence and self-esteem building to inspire holistic change in our girls. I have no doubt that the students, parents, and educators who have interacted with our program would share the incredible results inspired by Girls Moving Forward.

Sincerely,
D. Lacy Asbill, Director
Girls Moving Forward

Posted by D. Lacy Asbill on 02/22/2008 at 9:25 AM

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