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.