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CPS GIving Kids Money for Good Grades

By Margaret Lyons in News on Sep 11, 2008 3:37PM

CPS unveiled a pilot program today that would give freshman and sophomores at 20 schools a cash incentive to earn good grades: As are worth $50, Bs $35, and Cs $20. Students are graded every five weeks in math, English, social sciences, science and physical education, and they get half the money up front and half upon graduation. Wait, you can get $20 for getting a C in gym?

The money for the program comes form private donations, and CPS CEO Arne Duncan says the program is "incenting, recognizing and rewarding hard work and a commitment to education." He also said middle class and wealthy parents often give their children monetary rewards for good grades. [S-T, Trib, WBBM]