Chicago schools paying for good grades

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Some might call it bribery. But Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan says the time has come to pay students for getting good grades.

Some might call it bribery. But Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan says the time has come to pay students for getting good grades. Under a program debuting this year in 20 Chicago public high schools, straight A’s can translate into earnings of $4,000, and straight Cs can yield kids $1,600. The money can be earned in increments of $50 for each A, $35 for each B and $20 for each C in English, math, science, social science and physical education. The money would be paid in five-week reporting periods. Qualifying students will get only half their earnings up front. They have to graduate to get the other half. Duncan says the program is an incentive, not bribery as some have called it. He said the program, funded through private donations, is intended to discourage failure and to encourage kids to graduate. AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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