New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has raised and contributed $40 million to experiment with paying low-income parents to get their child a library card ($50), a dental check-up ($100) or a disabilities assessment ($150).
Some 2,500 families earning no more than $22,321 for a family of three will be eligible for Opportunity NYC payments; a control group of the same size will not. After two years, the effect will be evaluated.
Both conservatives and liberals are dubious.
One potential foe, Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, says she generally opposes any pay for good behavior, even giving teachers more money if their students do well.
I’m dubious too, but it’s all private money so why not see what happens?