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題名: Schools Plan to Pay Cash for Marks
記者: By JENNIFER MEDINA
発行日: June 19, 2007
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New York City schools are eager to reverse the persistent lagging of
poor and minority students--primarily black and Hispanic--who make
up most of the city's public school enrollment.
Soon these students could earn as much as $500 a year for doing well
on tests and showing up for class in a new program to begin this fall.
Fourth-grade students will receive up to $25 for a perfect score on
each of 10 tests throughout the year.
Seventh-grade students will be able to earn twice as much--$50 per
test, for a total of up to $500.
Fourth graders will receive $5 just for taking the test, and seventh
graders will get $10.
The school incentive program is part of the mayor's wider antipoverty
initiative, which also includes other cash payments to influence
behavior and reduce poverty.
Cash incentives for adults will include $150 a month for keeping a
full-time job and $50 a month for having health insurance.
Families will also receive as much as $50 per month per child for
high attendance rates in school, as well as $25 for attending
The city already has much of the privately raised $53 million it needs
for the program.
The effort, which officials said was the broadest ever tried in this
country to pay poor people to develop good habits, is modeled in part
on one in Mexico.
Officials expect up to 40 schools to participate this fall, with a
total of 9,000 students, in the pilot phase of the program.
After two years they will evaluate it for possible expansion.
But educators have been skeptical, saying students have to love
learning for its own sake, not for cash prizes.
Despite the criticism of the program from some teachers and principals,
some community leaders praised the idea as an inventive way to
encourage students to do well in school.