Good behavior will pay for D.C. middle schoolers

08/22/2008 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Detention, remediation and suspensions have failed to improve the behavior or academic progress of some D.C. middle school students, so schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee on Thursday announced plans to try a cash-incentives pilot program. Some 3,000 students at half the city's middle schools will be able to earn up to $100 monthly for getting to class on time, completing homework, displaying good behavior and earning good grades. The tab for the incentives will be split roughly equally between the D.C. school system and Harvard's American Inequity Lab, which already underwrites a similar New York City program.

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