Capital Gains short of cash
Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee says that she's ready to continue the District's two-year experiment with paying middle schoolers as much as $100 a month for good grades, behavior and attendance, but only if she can find the money.
Data from the first year (2008-09) of the Capital Gains program, a joint venture with Harvard economist Roland Fryer, showed higher reading test scores for Hispanics, boys and students with behavior problems. Rhee said in April that she wanted to see 2009-10 results before making a decision on renewing the initiative, which cost the District about $1.2 million this past year. But now she says she's ready to continue on the basis of year one results, and that even if the second-year data is "flat or not moving the ball forward" the program is worth pursuing.
"The biggest issue is money," Rhee said, adding that DCPS is looking for private grants to fill in the funding gap.
The District has some time to line up financing, she said, because the program, which involves about 3,000 middle school students at 15 schools, usually doesn't get up and running until early to mid-October.
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