Paying kids to stay in school?! You’ve gotta be freakin’ kidding me. What a waste of money. At least it isn’t tax dollars, but you can bet your bottom dollar it will be eventually.
Fulton County schools want to pay students to stay in school a little longer.
Forty students from Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle schools in Fairburn will be the first to try the “Learn & Earn” program, where students will get paid to attend after-school tutoring programs.
Students will make approximately $8 an hour, and be eligible for bonuses if their grades improve, said Kirk Wilks, district spokesman. The initial students are in the eighth and 11th grades.
There will be a community kick-off Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Creekside High media center, 7405 Herndon Rd., Fairburn.
With the support of Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts, the pilot program will last 15 weeks and pay students for participation and performance. The object of the program is to determine if paying students to study will improve classroom attendance, grades and test scores, according to a news release from the district.
Inserting the voice of sanity: The kids are supposed to be learning! If they aren’t sticking around for tutoring, take it up with their parents. Don’t incentivize what should be mandatory within society.