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$50 For Scoring an A, $20 For a C

Most of us were not rewarded with money for getting good grades when we were kids, but times they are a-changing. While a monetary incentive program has been rolled out to middle school students in Washington, DC, a similar program is being introduced to high-school freshmen in 20 of Chicago's public schools.

The initiative is part of the Green for Grade$ program that received it's $2 million funding from private sources. Every five weeks, evaluations in math, English, social sciences, science, and physical education will determine how much a student will earn: $50 for an A, $35 for a B, $20 for a C.

As with most things, there is a catch — half of the money will be given immediately, but students will have to wait until graduation to receive the rest. Getting in F will really set a student's earning potential back, as a failing grade means no money for any subject until the student earns at least a C in the failed subject.


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Schaianne Schaianne 8 years
Grrr, my pc froze up and I had to reboot ... after writing a long disertation, haha. So ... I'll just say that it's ridiculous that our tax dollars are going to something like this. It's the parents' who should be rewarding the kids or not ... I was never rewarded with money as a kid and I was in the Honor Society! And getting money for a C? Yeah, nice incentive there. =P
melizzle melizzle 8 years
Wow. What are we teaching kids these days...
thelorax thelorax 8 years
This is ridiculous. We the taxpayers already spend thousands of $$ on each and every student to give them a shot at success. The brats don't need cash in their pockets :-p what are they gonna do with it??? A 17 year old is not going to stick that money in their ING orange savings account. Seriously.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i definitely see the merit in having an incentivize for good grades so that students can hopefully be more successful in school. i like that they don't get all the money up front - and that at graduation you're going to get a little something extra with your diploma. it kind of makes working hard for all those years a bit nicer since you'll have something to celebrate with for the beginning of the summer. i kind of wish that they had a program like this when i was in school. i would have made a lot of money since i pride myself in doing well in my classes - but oh well...can't win them all right?
ooosoluvly ooosoluvly 8 years
$20 for a C!?!?!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
In my house, I'd be either grounded or in serious trouble if I got a C. The only thing I ever got paid for (and was expected of me) were As.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I'd love to find a site that pays just to read.
looseseal looseseal 8 years
Somewhere, a child working in a sweatshop gets ahold of this story on a scrap of old newspaper, and cries herself to sleep. Aren't grades inflated a lot these days anyway? And I can picture it getting ugly to the level of violence if a teacher denies a future felon student a more profitable grade.
baybug baybug 8 years
I really wish this was on option for me when I was in school. :)
SugarKat SugarKat 8 years
So we went from school not even being available to everyone to paying kids to go to school?! School is a benefit. Does the fact that a kid gets a good grade mean that they learned anything?! NO! It means that they took the test and/or read a book. I don't think that any money should be given...
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
shit I would have made BANK in highschool. I don't think anything should be given for a C though.. seriously? isn't that what you earn just for showing up?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Why wasn't the research out when I was in school. I could have benefited.
CAgirl25 CAgirl25 8 years
Wow that's a lot of money. If they had this back then, I would've been pretty rich by now.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
...This actually sort of makes me mad that it wasn't implemented back when I was in school. I could have been making twice as much bank for those report cards! ;)
geebers geebers 8 years
Im with you too Jude- my initial reaction was "are public funds going into this" because the main goal for any public program should be sustainability. Cash incentives are not sustainable and the goal should be proper implementation of access to educational materials and resources for kids.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
I completely agree Jude! But, if it is privately funded then we can't really say anything. When it starts being publicly funded through our tax money then yes I would have a problem with it. :)
imcs imcs 8 years
I don't think grades of C should be rewarded at all. for kids, $20 is more than nothing... so they'll be happy with that.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
The cash incentives definitely kept me motivated in school, but the idea of so much funding going to this really bothers me. I just always feel that that money could be spent making sure all the kids have access to the right materials, equipment, good teachers, tutors, and etc. Still, if it's privately funded, then that choice is up to the funders.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Hmmmm interesting. But, I hope they get good grades because they want to NOT just for the cash incentive. :)
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