Harvard economist hopes to motivate disadvantaged NYC students

06/22/2007 | NYTimes.com

Harvard economist Roland G. Fryer aims to translate his theories about the racial achievement gap into success for students in New York City schools, where he will become chief equality officer. His plan to pay students for good scores and attendance is controversial, but he says schools need to do far more to motivate students, something his own grandmother, who was a schoolteacher, did for him.

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