Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration

Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs a refugee from Iran and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, were laying the groundwork for the launch of their business aiming to transform educational access. The dichotomy between the founders of Toot, who are trying to expand access to tutoring via simple text messaging a service that could potentially help students around the globe and the anti-immigration ideology of the current administration could not be starker. Co-founders Sophia Parsa, Shakib Zabihian, and Randy Horowitz are building a business that aims to increase access to educational assistance through Toot, their mobile tutoring service. Theyre also creating paying jobs for a number of people (mostly fellow high school or college students) who could use the extra work. As public schools ready for likely changes to their federal funding thanks to new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Toot could be a supplement parents may want to entertain. By texting424-292-TOOT and paying 50 cents a minute for a single tutoring session or $49 per month for unlimited tutoring sessions, students get to text immediately with a vettedtutor who will help with math, science, statistics and physics homework problems. An example of a sample tutoring session in Toot

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