TDSB could pay needy students for better grades
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Wednesday, November 17, 2010 10:21AM EST
The Toronto District School Board is looking in to the possibility of paying the city's neediest students to attend school, get good grades and spend time mentoring others, according to a media report Tuesday.
The public board's education director tells the Toronto Star that the anti-poverty task force is exploring several options to help students in disadvantaged communities.
A senior advisor on the task force says the money wouldn't come from the board, but from "community partners."
A similar project tested in four schools in the U.S. had mixed results, according to the report. In New York, students were given $50 for doing well on 10 tests, but they didn't fare better.
Students in other cities, however, were paid for attendance, good behaviour and improved standardized test scores resulted in a boost in reading scores.