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Pay for performance, kid style



Don't you just love that expression? The Washington Post captured it as D.C. sixth-grader Eboni McCallum opened her $34 check that she received as a reward for her behavior and academic performance.

But does the incentive of cash really lead to long-term higher achievement for students? That's a debate that continues across the nation.

California passed a bill over the summer allowing student performance pay. New York has paid some of its students who excel. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has led a spirited defense of the idea in public schools there, as critics call it bribery. Daley notes that suburban parents pay their kids for good grades, so why not let the city schools give a little something to students whose families can't afford it? And don't forget D.C.'s program, among others.

Florida has discussed the concept, but not moved much toward putting it in play. The House wouldn't even take up a bill on it last session, with leaders saying better ways exist to motivate students.

Frankly, we just wanted to post that great picture. But as we're on the subject anyway, let us hear what you think about cash rewards for students.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:01am]


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