Chicago to Pay Parents $25 to Pick Up Kid's Report Cards, Go to Parent-Teacher Conferences
By Michael Allen, Wed, October 31, 2012
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently announced a plan to offer parents $25 Walgreens gift cards to pick up their children's report cards and go to parent-teacher conferences.The plan will be tested at 70 public schools in Chicago that have problems engaging parents in their children's education, reports the Daily Mail. Mayor Emanuel recently said at a news conference: "This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting" and will "close the gap between parents, teachers and principals to have a united front investing in our kids’ education." Mayor Emanuel said he got the idea during a morning workout: "That’s what happens when I start swimming. I start coming up with ideas." Some critics say that parents should not have to be bribed to be responsible for their children's education.