$100 to go to school for 5 weeks

To combat truancy in Camden, New Jersey, 66 students will get $100 if they come to school for five weeks and attend after-school sessions three days a week. Students will get $100 on Sept. 30 “if they attend most anti-truancy sessions and school days.”  Most?

A $63,000 grant — which expires in five weeks — will fund the program. (Someone must be making a lot more than $100.) The program was organized in a hurry: Only 25 percent of students enrolled are chronically truant; the rest are borderline truant or attending school regularly but doing poorly.

(Ramona) Pearson-Hunter who has been in charge of the district’s truancy efforts for the last year said some of the truants cite boredom.

“We know we have to keep them active,” she said, adding that she suggests students ask teachers for extra-credit activities to remain engaged.

They’re bored because they don’t have enough assignments? Or is it possible they’re bored because they don’t understand the classwork?

After Sept. 30, the students will be asked to promise to attend regularly.

On the other coast: Told to pull up his sagging pants, a San Francisco student became belligerent, according to his teacher, who called the police. The student was not arrested.

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  1. Thinly Veiled Anonymity says:

    Let me get this straight: we’re paying the f***-ups to go to school, but all the students who show up like they’re supposed to (and like they’re required to by law in most states, anyway) get jack diddly squat, right?

    In other words, it PAYS (literally) to become a truant and then return to your goodly habits.

    Oh yeah – great message.

    Let me know how that works out.

  2. Sean Mays says:

    *bonks head into wall.

    Reason 308090100 I’ll be homeschooling my 1st grader after we move to New Jersey next week.

    TVA: Talk about bad messages … I like how urban schools (rural too) have in school DAYCARE so the students can finish their studies. But teachers have to agonize over “can I afford daycare for my kid?” I know when my 2nd was due, I did a quick calculation figuring in marginal tax rates and cost of daycare. Turned out I’d be making about $1.25 an hour to turn my kid over to strangers for about 10 hours a day.

  3. This is one of the most ridiculous ideas I have heard yet! So, the message we are sending them is this. Don’t do anything if you don’t get paid for it. Don’t take any pride in your achievements. You are only worthy if you get paid for it!