At his first elementary school teaching position, Marty Kaminsky was paid $35 and seven yogurt cups a week, and he couldn't have been happier. "It's never been about the money for me," he says. "All I've ever wanted to do was change the world one child at a time."
Retired school teachers, school officials and community members alike are coming together to tutor students in four Ithaca area schools who need a little extra help in their academics.
The Golden Opportunity program is a not-for-profit tutoring program that offers 60 hours a year of direct one-on-one time to students who need extra help with their school work.
It's a precarious time for students, especially New York's at-risk population. With a cut of $1.3 billion in state education aid, about 11,000 K-12 education positions, including teachers, teaching assistants and support staff, have been lost statewide this year. The cuts are making efforts to close the achievement gap that much harder.