CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Camden, N.J., school officials say they are trying a different approach to reduce truancy among high school students, paying some $100 to make it to class.
Camden’s “I Can End Truancy” program — ICE-T — will pay 66 students who signed pledges, along with their parents, promising not to skip classes this school year, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday. They will get paid in September because the city must spend the grant money it is using for the program by Sept. 30, the newspaper said.
The students — freshmen through seniors – will take part in conflict-resolution and anger-management workshops and other educational reinforcement sessions for the next five weeks.
School Board member Sean Brown opposes paying students to go to school but Mayor Dana Redd said proponents “wanted to come up with an innovative model.”