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DC Public Schools Pay Students to Do School Work in Summer School Program
by Ezra Van Auken
According to a new report by the Washington Examiner, three hundred and five students with bad behavioral or low grade issues are being paid $5.25 an hour to attend summer school in Washington DC. The upcoming ninth grade group is working on the “Summer Bridge” program, which identifies students based on whether they’ll graduate or drop out of high school, constructed by DC Public schools.
In order to fund the, Summer Youth Employment Program, DC Public schools had to collude with Department of Employment Services who then reached out to more than three hundred students.
Councilman Michael A. Brown, chairman of the committee, which watched over the jobs stimulus until June explained, “It is a very, very, extremely justified, debatable issue and I don’t think there’s a right answer.” After DC citizens had complaints about the idea of using money to lure education. A very controversial issue, as is giving trophies to everybody even though you didn’t win, not being truly fair.
This hasn’t stopped Chancellor Kaya Henderson from continuing the program for next summer. Her spokesperson, Melissa Salmanowitz commented on the student-paid program, explaining results would be reviewed and studied with the intent of working into summer 2013.
The Washington Examiner also noted, “This summer isn’t the first time the city has paid students to learn. The District allowed a Harvard University group to pay about 3,000 middle-school students up to $100 a month for good grades during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Grades overall didn’t improve significantly.” Showing that when students are funded, the money isn’t doing enough to change their work ethic.