i thought Glenn Beck was making this up, but then as i fought insomnia, i learned that not only in New York, but in Georgia, there are programs that pay kids to get tutoring and do their class work. In New York, the money is given after students meet goals- you increase your grades, you get paid. In Georgia, you got 8 bucks per hour no matter what. Where i live, i think we'd lynch the school board for this nonsense and for 2 reasons: 1. Every year, we get a list of things we have to supply the schools each year because they don't have the money to get it themselves. Last year, I volunteered to buy the stuff for my neices and i think i spent almost 50 dollars each for their lists. 2. what about the kids with good grades that worked hard as hell to keep a decent GPA? I can tell you that i know a small number of kids at the high school that despite their background (single parent home, they work a burger job to help pay bills, etc) they are keeping a 3.5 GPA for no other reason than wanting to get out of the hole they are in. Should we have to pay underperforming kids to bring D's up to B's? No. I think we should do what we can to help at risk kids, but paying them is stupid. the education is already free and it is up to them to take that gift and use it. just sounds fishy to me.