The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) is offering prizes to kids for going to school, as required by law, in its "Attendance Challenge."
Two high school students have been awarded brand-new cars, Chevrolet Sonics (priced at $18,000 each), for showing up every day of the school year.
Five elementary students with perfect attendance received iPads, while six schools won cash prizes of $3,000 to create programs to encourage kids to show up at school (in case the cars aren't enough?).
The contest also gave out monthly prizes to kids, such as tickets to local attractions: Knott’s Berry Farm and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
The LAUSD is offering all these prizes because it gets paid $32 per student per day by the state of California.
The LAUSD reportedly lost $156 million in state funding because students cut class. No word on why local truant officers simply did not enforce compulsory school attendance laws.
A Los Angeles newspaper, the Daily News, is playing along with the odd reward system, publishing the names of the winning students and interviewing them for achieving perfect attendance (grades are not part of the contest).
Los Angeles is not the only city bribing kids to show up for school. Middle Township, New Jersey is also offering prizes for children who show up for school as the local law requires.
According to the Middle Township Gazette, those kids are getting free iPad and bicycles for the same reason, state funding for the school.