Washington Pays Students To Go To School
August 1, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Thereâ€™s no reason for kids in Washington, D.C., to cut grass or wash cars this summer. The public school system is paying kids $5.25 an hour to attend summer school. The students being paid are those with poor grades.
Through the â€śSummer Bridgeâ€ť program, about 300 students are receiving payment. The program is targeting ninth-graders who are â€śless likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years,â€ť reported The Washington Examiner.
This isnâ€™t the first time the school system has paid students; but in times past, students with good grades got the money. A Harvard University group paid middle school students between 2008 and 2010 for making good grades. But this time around, students with poor grades are raking in the cash.
â€śHow much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and what’s the cutoff to get paid?” asked political consultant Chuck Thies. â€śIt’s critical that we get at-risk students and underperforming students and failing students into the program, but I don’t think incentivizing them with money sends the right message.”