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DC Pays Students $5.25 For Summer School

From the Washington Examiner:

D.C. students being paid for summer school

By Lisa Gartner | Sunday July 29, 2012

The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the "Summer Bridge" program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.

Which sounds to me like bad behavior is being rewarded. Especially when you consider that the unemployment rate for youths in the District is over 50%, and even higher for black youths.

By the way, the minimum wage in Washington, DC is $8.25. Luckily, there is a special rate for ‘youths’ is $4.25, for the first ninety days of employment. Still, how long will it be before these students form a union?

The 95 students who voluntarily signed up for the summer school program will receive half of an elective credit. But to fill the 400-student session with at-risk students, DCPS reached out to the Department of Employment Services. More than 300 students flagged by DCPS and who had signed up for the Summer Youth Employment Program were told that school would be their jobs this summer.

Melissa Salmanowitz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Kaya Henderson, said DCPS officials are going to study this year’s results, with the intention of expanding the program next summer…

Oh, this program will be expanded, no matter what the results are.

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.

But that only means it needs to be tried again.

Gerren Price, the associate director of youth programs for the Department of Employment Services, said he believes this is a first-time program.

Salmanowitz described the Summer Bridge program as "an entirely different model." Students aren’t making up failed coursework, and some of their class-time is devoted to workplace simulations. In one scenario, students use math and literacy skills to solve problems while pretending to be executives at a sports television network…

Now if that isn’t an educational experience worth paying students to get, we don’t know what is. We certainly don’t want them wasting their time learning multiplication tables.

By the way, this program will help the bank accounts of the unionized teachers and the unionized school workers. And by more than $5 an hour. And they both just happen to be major Democrat constituencies.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “DC Pays Students $5.25 For Summer School”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “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.”

    They obviously didn’t pay them enough.

    I wonder how much they have to pay the “teachers” to babysit them over and above their already inflated salaries?

  2. triguy says:

    Interestingly, they are using math activities built around the real world examples of being an executive at a sports network. Overall, I agree with the eductaional aspect of this sort of approach to making learning real. But as an un-named listener said on a radio show this morning, perhaps a more real world example for these potential dropouts would be for them to do the math in figuring out how much cleaner to put in a gallon of water to mop a basketball court or the locker room. A sports network executive? Really? The janitor’s job might actually scare them into doing something right!

  3. GetBackJack says:

    So … the moral of the story is that Being a Loser™ pays


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