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School Kids Offered Cash -- For Just Showing Up


(CBS/AP) You've probably heard of schools paying kids for grades. But how about for just showing up?

Some school districts have tried everything to get parents to send their kids to class, and for the kids to behave when they get there.

But now, for the first time, cash incentives are being tried in St. Louis.

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Urban Strategies, a nonprofit organization, is offering $300 per child for those who choose Jefferson Elementary School over competitors such as charter schools and magnets.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports there are stipulations. Money is limited to students who didn't attend the school last year, and kids must have near-perfect attendance and avoid out-of-school suspensions. Parents must also attend three PTO meetings.

The value of paying for children's attendance and behavior is being debated in a half-dozen cities.

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