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Washington Pays Students To Go To School

August 1, 2012 by  

Washington Pays Students To Go To School
PHOTOS.COM
Underachieving students in Washington, D.C., are being paid to attend summer school.

There’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 “Summer Bridge” program, about 300 students are receiving payment. The program is targeting ninth-graders who are “less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years,” reported The Washington Examiner.

This isn’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.

“How much will we pay going forward, and who will we pay, and what’s the cutoff to get paid?” asked political consultant Chuck Thies. “It’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.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    PAYING POOR STUDENTS SETS A BAD PRECEDENT. WHEN THESE HIGH-SCHOOLERS BECOME ADULTS, THEY WILL EXPECT TO BE PAID FOR DOING MEDIOCRE WORK ON JOBS. PERSONNEL TALENT IS ALREADY LOW IN SEVERAL AREAS OF EMPLOYMENT – WHY GIVE PEOPLE AN INCENTIVE TO BE USELESS?

    • momo

      Too late, most young people do expect to get paid for being useless! A trait they no doubt picked up from their worthless parents.

      • http://PeronalLiberty Alondra

        This Project shall be called “GROWING THE PARASITES” or the “BRIDGE TO PARASITISM” and not the “Summer Bridge”.

        Be sure, these “USELESS” always will vote for the “wealth redistribution”.

    • Warrior

      only the gubmint could come up with a scheme like this. They’ll probably measure its success by doubling the attendance next summer and so on. Of course it figures, DC is the hotbed of successful programs.

      • Oneguess

        Well, I just snorted my coffee. Thanks for the laugh.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Oh, yes! Twice as many failing students! What a success!

      • Warrior

        I wonder what reward is reaped for failing summer scrool? Do they get a raise!

    • russel heim

      I understand that the school couldn’t get enough students so they went to kids who were looking for p/t jobs and got some of them to fill the numbers vacancy! Hence not all of he students they are using for summer school aren’t kids who have the bad grades?

      • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

        “russel heim,”

        WE LIVE IN A SOCIETY IN WHICH EIGHT-TO-TWELVE YEAR OLD MALES “RUN DRUGS” IN ORDER TO HELP THEIR SINGLE MOTHERS PAY HOUSEHOLD BILLS.
        SINGLE MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WHO WILL BE PAID TO GO TO SCHOOL, WILL DEMAND MOST OF THAT MONEY FOR THEIR PERSONAL BENEFIT.

  • arlo

    Why don’t we make the parents get off their dumb asses and work a little harder at encouraging the kids to make better grades. I forgot, their hands are tied, if a baby is spanked by the parent, the brat tells the teacher, and the teacher tells the prinicipal, and the principal tells Child Protective Services, and CPS tells some low life scumbag lawyer, whose friends with a low life scum bag judge, who tells the parents you can’t spank your child….my take is…..I can’t use the word I want to on this site, but it ends in **** em! I will spank (Not Abuse) my child anytime this little turd makes a scene……put that in your pipe and smoke it!

  • http://google john p.

    This is stupid to pay a kid to go to school . where was the teacher
    that was teaching them through the school year . I wood get rid
    of that teacher. then talk to the parents there also the blame for
    not caring . this should not happen if you have good teachers .
    and don’t give me that bull the teachers are under paid . a idiot
    could tell if a student needs help in there grades .

    • helpus

      Why is it always the teachers fault. And no I am not a teacher. Why not put the blame where it should fall on the lazy students that don’t want to put the effort or the time in…..

  • dcjdavis

    Our tax dollars at work rewarding underachievers again. It just doesn’t pay any longer to do well–at least not where the government is concerned.

  • THG

    I hope they at the very least have to make good grades. Just showing up is why they have poor grades to start with. And you are so right Nancy in Nebraska , this is just asking more students to do worse next year. This just goes right along with everything else the Govt. does. It makes it easy to be sorry and actually rewards you for being that way.

  • 45caliber

    I wonder how many students they will have in next year’s summer program once the word gets around?

  • Patriot1776

    Finally, a perfect training system from the government! Paying poor performers to sit is a class room instead of getting a job. These students will be well prepaired to stand in line at the welfare office to get their government hand-outs.

  • Liam

    If this program helps kids learn it is worth the money. Kids from broken homes etc have a harder time concentrating and excelling. This may provide the motivation they are not getting in school. an educated population makes a better nation and better ecomy. This money is better than spent than giving sinful greedy wealth piriates like MitT romney further tax cuts!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      If students were not concentrating during the school year, you believe giving them money will make them concentrate during summer school.
      Did you ask the taxpayers if they wanted their money to be spent this way?

  • http://americanhistoryonwheels.com Stephen Black

    Now that I think about it there is something else I would like to address. That being the number of young people in our society who naturally no matter what their education level is, be it 8th grade..9th grade…10th grade and so on get a free pass to have a California Drivers License. Generally speaking this means we now have 1000′s of undereducated people in our state with license to drive looking for a way to make some money. Get the picture?

    I always remembered it to be that is was a privilege and not a right to have a California Drivers License. Last time I was at the DMV this has even changed.
    I can only imagine why. That has nothing to to with our High School youngsters, and maybe given a little push along with some hours in class in the the social studies area about gang mentality; as they are on there way to Diplomas’, gotta have that drivers license. By then, most should hopefully get the picture. The picture is this…who wants to hang around a person who cannot even get the basics…like a driving license!

    I’ll not expound anymore of the abuses and the joke about where California’s
    money goes. Just one more. A urgent care guy I watched become a multi-millionaire inflating insurance costs, but of course that’s just a standard program for this state. I was just thinking about doing a favor for us and the youngsters so that we don’t end up with so many shysters.

    In others words we just might have to trick some young people, especially the high end IQ youngsters, to get educated before they show society how smart they are.

    Does this make any sense?

    Let me know…….I live here in your district and it would be nice to get a response. Outside that it goes to the Tea Parties.

    Steve Black

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Stephen Black,”

      IF VEHICULAR MANUFACTURERS WERE NOT SO OBSESSED WITH BUILDING AN OVER-ABUNDANCE OF NEW VEHICLES, THERE WOULD BE FEWER “UNDESERVING” YOUNG DRIVERS.

      IN REFERENCE TO NEGROES, OUR CAPITALISTIC SOCIETY UNDERSTANDS THERE IS A GROWING NUMBER OF NEGRO PARENTS WHO ARE IN THE MIDDLE-/UPPER-CLASSES. IN OTHER WORDS, THESE NEGROES HAVE “EXCESS MONEY TO BLOW;” IN ORDER TO KEEP UP WITH CAUCASIANS, THESE PARENTS WILL PURCHASE VEHICLES FOR THEIR HIGH-SCHOOL CHILDREN – REGARDLESS OF THE CHILDREN’S LEVEL OF ACADEMIC PROWESS.

      THIS SITUATION OF BUYING VEHICLES FOR “UNDESERVING” NEGRO YOUTH IS SIMILAR TO BANKS ISSUING “GOLD CARDS” TO NEGRO-COLLEGE GRADUATES WHO ARE UNABLE TO PAYBACK THE LOAN.

  • Dad

    They are only getting money… nothing else of any value!

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