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Paying kids to get good grades – What are the long-term effects?

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In the April 8, 2010 issue of TIME Magazine there is an article about paying kids to get good grades in school.  In some cases it works, and in some cases it does not.  The TIME article (paper copy) shows graphics of the various cities in which it was tried and the outcome.

The results began to trickle into the lab last summer. In New York City, the $1.5 million paid to 8,320 kids for good test scores did not work — at least not in any way that’s easy to measure. In Chicago, under a different model, the kids who earned money for grades attended class more often and got better grades, two major accomplishments. Those students did not, however, do better on their standardized tests at the end of the year.

In Washington, the kids did better on standardized reading tests. Getting paid on a routine basis for a series of small accomplishments, including attendance and behavior, seemed to lead to more learning for those kids. And in Dallas, the experiment produced the most dramatic gains of all. Paying second-graders to read books significantly boosted their reading-comprehension scores on standardized tests at the end of the year — and those kids seemed to continue to do better the next year, even after the rewards stopped.

The kids had much in common. In all four cities, a majority were African American or Hispanic and from low-income families. So why did the results vary so dramatically from city to city?  (read more at the links below)

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April 18, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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Sarah Palin’s Speaking Contract – Love’n Joe Six-Pack

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As she says, she is a regular person like any “Joe six-pack”, “Joe the plumber”, a “Hockey Mon”…

… who requires a Private Jet – Lear 60 or larger, Black Town Car  for transportation, very specific bottled water requirements, and pre-screened questions.  Sarah, Sarah, Sarah…

“The private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger (as defined by interior cabin space) for West Coast Events; or, a Hawker 800 or larger (as defined by interior cabin space) for East Coast Events and both are subject to the Speaker’s approval. The Speaker reserves the right to change the flight plans at any time.”

“SATELLITE EVENTS: Customer agrees to provide a 2-way satellite broadcast. For Q&A, the questions are to be collected from the audience in advance, pre-screened and a designated representative (by Customer and approved by Speaker via WSB) shall ask questions directly of the speaker to avoid delay time with a roving microphone in the audience.”

“Customer agrees to provide the Speaker and traveling party with ground transportation in both originating city and event city. Transportation will be by SUV(s) from a professionally licensed and insured car service. lf SUV(s) are not available, black town cars may be substituted.

“PRIVATE BUSINESS: The Speaker reserves the right to participate in private business including but not limited to book or political events during their visit.

“Unopened bottled still water (2 bottles) and bendable straws are to be placed in or near the wooden lectern. A representative of WSB or the Speaker’s party will open the water at an appropriate time prior to the Speaker’s participation in the program. No Plexiglas or thin lecterns please.

Read more from the Sarah Palin’s Speaking Contract – https://frrl.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/sarahpalinspeakingcontract.pdf

More on Sarah Palin’s speaking fee – http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28873.html

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April 18, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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