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Washington D.C. Paying Students to Attend Summer School

| by Michael Allen

Washington D.C. is reportedly is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school.

The ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the 'Summer Bridge' program, which targets students who are less likely than their peers to graduate high school in four years, reports the Washington Examiner.

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The 95 students, who voluntarily signed up for the summer school program, will receive half of an elective credit.

But to fill the 400-student session with at-risk students, the D.C. Public Schools reached out to the Department of Employment Services, which told more than 300 students, who had signed up for the Summer Youth Employment Program, that attending school would be their jobs this summer.

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D.C. Public Schools is turning its attention toward not just graduating high-school students, but graduating them on time. Only 53 percent of D.C. Public Schools students graduate high school within four years.

At-large Councilman Michael A. Brown said there has been some pushback from residents who question paying students: "That's a completely legitimate argument. It is a very, very, extremely justified, debatable issue and I don't think there's a right answer."