Is cash any different than other student rewards?
That's the question I posed in my story today. There was an uproar last week when word got out that the Baltimore school system will offer up to $110 to the 5,000 students who have already failed at least one of the High School Assessments if they can improve their knowledge. (Improvement, by the way, will be gauged by performance on the school system's "benchmark" tests, not on the HSA itself -- a point that Dr. Alonso clarified late in the week.)
Schools give rewards to kids all the time, from candy to toys to pizza parties. What makes cash different? Or does it? And is the issue the reward itself, or what students are being rewarded for?