New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new investment in virtual tutoring for math, reading, and science for students from pre-K through 8th grade at Title 1 schools throughout the state.

“Since day one, my administration has been committed to investing in every available tool to deliver every educational opportunity to New Mexico students,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “This investment in high-quality tutoring will further support students and families across the state as we continue to build the strongest possible educational foundation for New Mexico children.”

The virtual tutoring can be scheduled before, after, or during school. The governor’s office noted that each student that participates will receive 20 hours of tutoring, free of cost to families.

“We know that tutoring can help close gaps for our students who are struggling to master concepts in classrooms alone,” said Public Education Department Secretary Kurt Steinhaus. “This investment in customized support will serve our students efficiently and with immediacy.”

The governor’s office explained that as part of the tutoring initiative, the state’s Public Education Department released a request for proposal (RFP) for the delivery of high-quality outside-of-school tutoring services to students. Following the RFP process, the state selected Paper Education, a virtual tutoring company, to provide its virtual Educational Support System to pre-K – 8th-grade students across New Mexico. A press release noted that Paper’s qualified tutors and instructors are available bilingually in English and Spanish to provide 1:1 tutoring and writing support.

“Paper’s mission is to help every student reach their full potential by providing personalized academic support for nearly any subject or assignment, at any time of day, via any device,” said Philip Cutler, Paper co-founder and CEO. “Paper helps reduce teacher burnout by providing a virtual teacher’s assistant that is on call to answer students’ questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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