Sylvan Learning Center closes in Cape Girardeau

By CJ Cassidy - bio | email

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - How would you feel if your child's education suffered a setback because a business suddenly shut down?
It's a concern for some parents after the Sylvan Learning Center in Cape Girardeau closed this weekend.
The owner of the Sylvan franchise in Cape Girardeau told parents they had struggles as a company.
It's a sudden decision that leaves parents who had planned on sending their kids for extra tutoring to do better in school, without an option.
"Nobody will answer any of our questions they kind of just pushed us away," Amy Hopper said.
She just found out she won't be able to bring her child there for tutoring lessons anymore.
The part of the building that housed the Sylvan Learning Center in Cape Girardeau stands empty, and Hopper wonders if she will get her money back.
"You can imagine it's 96 hours you have to complete, at 45 dollars an hour so we just have all that money we prepaid so, you can do the math figure out how much we have invested in it."
That adds up to more than $4000 and with more than half the program unfinished, Amy Hopper says the money would have been better spent elsewhere.
"He's going to be held back in second grade as far as we know," she said.
Jack Stanley who owns the Sylvan franchise in Cape says he plans on handling refunds individually.
In a letter he sent parents, Stanley offers up a chance for students to continue lessons online.
"My son is eight, does not have mental capacity to sit in front of a computer for four hours," Hopper said.
Now she has her own assignment; finding a new place to get tutoring help for her son.
The closing of the Cape Girardeau center does not affect the center in Carterville and that they will accept any children from Cape who need the services they were receiving at the Sylvan center that will be closing.

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