HARRISBURG – In order to boost academic performance in PA public schools, Northampton County Rep. Robert Freeman is introducing legislation that would provide high school students with academic credit for tutoring elementary school children. Freeman says the benefits of high school students tutoring elementary students are numerous. Tutoring can increase good study habits, improve academic performance, boost self-esteem, and put students in charge of their own learning process as they pass that knowledge onto younger students. The bill would require the state Board of Education to establish a tutoring program which would provide academic credit to 11th and 12th grade students for tutoring pupils in grades 1-6. School districts would be able to implement the program at little or no cost to taxpayers, and it would enhance academic performance for both the students being tutored and the students providing the tutoring. House Bill 100 has been referred to the House Education Committee.