DC Schools Paying Kids $5.25 An Hour to Attend Summer School

 

As a final testament to the failure that is the Educational Industrial Complex in Washington, DC, the schools are now paying students to attend summer school:

The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the “Summer Bridge” program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.

The 95 students who voluntarily signed up for the summer school program will receive half of an elective credit. But to fill the 400-student session with at-risk students, DCPS reached out to the Department of Employment Services. More than 300 students flagged by DCPS and who had signed up for the Summer Youth Employment Program were told that school would be their jobs this summer.

I remember when I was a kid, I received around $5 an hour for my job, but it wasn’t sitting in a classroom doing what I should have done during the previous school year.  How is this not rewarding failure?

Do a great job during the school year and you get the summer to go work at a real job.  Do nothing all year and you get to sit in an air conditioned class and make $5.25 an hour for doing what you should have already done.

At least this will be a learning experience, right?  We’ll learn whether students can be paid to learn:

This summer isn’t the first time the city has paid students to learn.The District allowed a Harvard University group to pay about 3,000 middle-school students up to $100 a month for good grades during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Grades overall didn’t improve significantly.

That sounds about right.

So, we pay for the property and all the maintenance involved with it, we pay for the custodians, we pay for the teachers and we pay for all the learning material and now, we’ll pay for the students to sit and do nothing special.

Welcome to Washington, DC.

 

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1564304908 Jean Pauley

    wrong!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001023234413 Raymond Peel

    Should be rewarding them to do it right THE FIRST TIME.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623223697 Carol Hays Fessler

    Wow..ridiculous…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000276233449 Stuart Heinrichs

    I want to vomit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001108065043 Edward Schleicher

    Unbelieveable

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=763742640 Kathy York

    Damn shame!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625777178 Dave Reeves

    Wow. Just wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625777178 Dave Reeves

    Wow. Just wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1075489571 Jonathan Patterson

    What ? I thought summer school was for catching up and your rewarded with credits for your class so you can graduate ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1075489571 Jonathan Patterson

    What ? I thought summer school was for catching up and your rewarded with credits for your class so you can graduate ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000144639015 Dennis E. Van Horn

    unfreaking-believable….instead of 5.25, how about a foot in their a–…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000144639015 Dennis E. Van Horn

    unfreaking-believable….instead of 5.25, how about a foot in their a–…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=827927146 Tracey Anderson

    i know a lot of people who are trying to support families that would love to attend anything and earn $5.25/hour.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1296216574 Patricia Sieraski

    Is this for real?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000744146266 Tim Weiblinger

    When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get MORE of both!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608764836 Back Packer

    How about this…parents of failing kids should be required to pay back all of the tax dollars wasted on their failing kid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608764836 Back Packer

    How about this…parents of failing kids should be required to pay back all of the tax dollars wasted on their failing kid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636657716 Matthew Burroughs

    They will. E failing even more on purpose!!! Stupid libs who pays for that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636657716 Matthew Burroughs

    They will. E failing even more on purpose!!! Stupid libs who pays for that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003739999151 Sissy Johnson Casey

    Our tax dolllars at work!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003739999151 Sissy Johnson Casey

    Our tax dolllars at work!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362383306 Michael Bilello

    buying DC VOTES…………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1362383306 Michael Bilello

    buying DC VOTES…………….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1623640923 Christopher Yancey

    No Child left behind !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069537228 Norma Jean Johnson

    How stupid can they get. Another waste of taxpayers money. Paying for what should have been mandatory for failing students, and filling in the empty seats with kids looking for summer jobs….Now that is stupid. Maybe the school officials need a little extra schooling themselves???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1069537228 Norma Jean Johnson

    How stupid can they get. Another waste of taxpayers money. Paying for what should have been mandatory for failing students, and filling in the empty seats with kids looking for summer jobs….Now that is stupid. Maybe the school officials need a little extra schooling themselves???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054803392 Frank Arrington

    Remember it is DC “District of Corruption”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054803392 Frank Arrington

    Remember it is DC “District of Corruption”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361746482 Joseph Scivoletti

    What a joke…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1361746482 Joseph Scivoletti

    What a joke…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026782021 James David Severt

    Where’s our retro pay?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1026782021 James David Severt

    Where’s our retro pay?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1371203921 Kelly Lynchdefonte

    The parents should have to pay for summer school each year!! If they went to school and did their best we wouldnt need summer school. Always blaming the teachers– how about the parents/students!? What a disgrace!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1371203921 Kelly Lynchdefonte

    The parents should have to pay for summer school each year!! If they went to school and did their best we wouldnt need summer school. Always blaming the teachers– how about the parents/students!? What a disgrace!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637863567 Robert Brown

    Bet they will fine themselves for not paying minimum wage..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=637863567 Robert Brown

    Bet they will fine themselves for not paying minimum wage..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054803392 Frank Arrington

    Thye had the best Education Superintendent I have ever seen and they “FIRED” her…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1054803392 Frank Arrington

    Thye had the best Education Superintendent I have ever seen and they “FIRED” her…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000560773624 Cinnamon Hughes Hawkins

    Wow really .. that’s just sad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000560773624 Cinnamon Hughes Hawkins

    Wow really .. that’s just sad

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645746896 Jeremey Davis

    I don’t suppose you could attend summer school (and get paid) if you were trying to graduate early or take CLEP exams or something…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645746896 Jeremey Davis

    I don’t suppose you could attend summer school (and get paid) if you were trying to graduate early or take CLEP exams or something…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575244768 Kevin Smith

    And back in the day all I got was a report card…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000575244768 Kevin Smith

    And back in the day all I got was a report card…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507367582 Jerry Orlando

    WOW!!! Is giving them cars to drive next?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507367582 Jerry Orlando

    WOW!!! Is giving them cars to drive next?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1201060705 Chris Simo-Kinzer

    Pathetic! But that’s what you get when gov’t tries to ‘fix’ something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000023600603 Sandy Raddue

    But they’re not paying minimum wage!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611788970 Gary Ippolito

    well if the dc schools have sunk that low….at least tie grades to receiving the money

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000852146650 Peggy Hartsell

    What a disgrace

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611700880 Terry McDaniel Smith

    Ridiculous! About like paying kids to take out the trash or clean their rooms! Things they should be doing anyway. Government schools are such a joke!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=604715231 Kelly Cunningham Ritchie

    Disgusting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000175021973 John ‘Fritz’ Karrer

    hmmmm, still cheaper than moving them straight into prisons and paying the enforcement and prosecution costs…let alone the damage to society that these ‘at risk’ students are likely to cause…maybe with small capital bribes, they will learn the value of education is not just intrinsic…those who already know the value of education will have their fiscal rewards soon enough!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000175021973 John ‘Fritz’ Karrer

    hmmmm, still cheaper than moving them straight into prisons and paying the enforcement and prosecution costs…let alone the damage to society that these ‘at risk’ students are likely to cause…maybe with small capital bribes, they will learn the value of education is not just intrinsic…those who already know the value of education will have their fiscal rewards soon enough!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481131630 Cathy Scheile Beasley

    easy work if you can get it, huh?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000063982298 Jim Bless

    only a dumbocrat would think of this

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000099353532 Tim Martin

    We must be very careful here, . .the majority of students in DC are minorities, .. so if we complain that they should not be given this special treatment, . .we will be labeled as racist, too! This is absurdity at it’s best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326815164 James Damron

    How much do they get if they pay attention?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003811094221 Bonnie Willson

    Putting Americans back to work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158789935 Brian Trimble

    Oh yea that’s cool get paid to be stupid.