Cincinnati High School Paying Students to Come to School

CBS Cleveland, February 13, 2012

A Cincinnati high school is paying its students to come to school.

The Dohn Community High School has launched a $40,000 incentive program to get students to come to class.

The school’s CEO Ken Furrier told CBS Cleveland that students will get Visa gift cards for showing up every day for school, being on time for class and not getting into trouble. Seniors would get $25 while underclassmen would get $10.

The school would also put $5 into a savings account for the student that earns a gift card.

“Our student population is 90 percent poverty,” Furrier told CBS Cleveland. “Money is important to them. We can’t teach them if they’re not here.”


The school is trying out this new idea after the Ohio Department of Education designated the school an “academic emergency” on its report card. About 14 percent of students graduated from Dohn during the 2010-2011 school year. {snip}

[Editor’s Note: The Dohn Community High School is 95 percent black and 5 percent white, according to this website.]


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  • Anonymous

    Race isn’t the only issue here.  The lack of school choice is another problem.

    Forcing people to pay for schools they may or may not use it a terrible idea.  Public education in America is much more expensive than private schools, and produces far worse results.

    But as others have pointed out, the purpose of public schooling isn’t so much education as it is indoctrination.

    Picture the cries of “racist, ignorant, supremacist, nazi” that would spill out of the average public school student if he or she were to read American Renaissance.

    • Anonymous

      And that sad part is that Cincinnati has some of the best public schools in the country. And they are still nightmarish.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve recently moved here from Texas. The suburbs in Cinti are great. 90-95% white, low crime, fantastic schools. It’s Beaver-Cleavertopia. I’ve even learned to like the weird chili they make here. I saw a recent study that said Cincinnati is one of the most segregated cities in the nation. I can only say, thank God.

        In the summer of 1829, whites in Cincinnati drove out thousands of blacks. Unfortunately, those remaining were the dimmest and worst of the lot. Now if we could only pay black Cincinnati students to go to school…in Detroit. Maybe I could get behind that idea.

        • Anonymous

          Indian Hill, Seven Hills, etc. are wonderful neighborhoods. The city has a history of violeny race riots, which strengthened the segregation boundaries. We have police and mayoral corruption to rival King Kwayme, but you can still abdicate by heading to the hills.

          As far as chili is concerned, Skyline > Goldstar. The best German restaurant is Mecklenberg Gartens (on Highland Avenue). Best Italian? Scottie’s on 9th and Vine.

          Welcome to the city…

    • School choice?IIs that when blacks get WPM (white peoples money) to go to the schools white people are going broke paying for so their kids dont have to go to nitemare dystopian black schools?

      • Anonymous

        I don’t mean “school choice” in the statist mindset.  I specifically criticized the very EXISTENCE of public schools.

        If two people have children, it is the parents’ responsibility to educate them: not their neighbors’ responsibility.  It’s not like the schools are making a big difference with the black population anyway.  The author of “The Affirmative Action Hoax” said that only 20% of COLLEGE-EDUCATED blacks can summarize a newspaper article, and only 11% can read a bus schedule.

        And I don’t think it is okay for the government to force people to integrate, force them to pay for schools, etc.

        If I have children (and I hope I do someday) I will scout for a private Catholic school with a minimal (preferably absent) minority presence.

  • Anonymous

    I group up in the Nasty Nati as we called it. I went to mixed high-schools were I was spit on and punched by young black males. At the time, my hope for escaping them was always that they would play hookie or stay home and get high. Now, thanks to these bribes (which is what they are) the white and asian (and even black) students who want to learn will be disrupted. Anyone who has to be paid to learn should not be in school in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      Meanwhile, Obongo wants to force them to attend school until they reach the age of 18.

  • Paying them to be on time, show up every day and not cause trouble?

    Here in the real world, that’s a minimum standard of expected behavior, not a cause for a bonus.

    • Anonymous

      Not really much worse than the kind of make-busy “workfare” their parents (read: moms) are engaged in.

  • Anonymous

    Notice actually learning something and doing well is not part of the bargin. That must be way too much to ask for. The next time a liberal moans and starts their hand wringing over the terrible drop out rate among blacks and pointing fingers at everyone and everything, whip out this article and tell them their argument doesn’t hold water when they have to beg, cajole and bribe them to come to school. This silly plan is just too ridiculous to comment on further.

  • Anonymous

    Pay them to come to school. Pay them to stay. Pay them to behave. Pay them to do their homework. etc. Where does it end? How do you measure success, by attendance or grades?

    The foolishness knows no bounds.

    • To top it all off, we’re paying for the school.  A free education should be its own reward and motivation (in as much education is really taking place that this school).

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. The school seems to believe that they’ve done their job if the student is physically in the classroom.

    • Anonymous

       now the performance gap will really drop once these black kids begin to spend hours studying and doing homework. Honestly is there not some vocational school to which tthey can be directed to?

  • Anonymous

    This won’t work until school starts paying better than robbery and drug dealing.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll go out on a limb and say this isn’t necessary in Korea. How much longer can the U. S. pretend to be a first world nation? Liberals and blacks have completed their goal it seems.

  • Mshaarman

    Wouldnt be better to pay them not to come to school? Win win, they can stay home and the kids that want to learn can be unmolested.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    An education is the reward, if they can’t figure that out they are too dumb for school. Stop paying and making excuses for ANYONE who doesn’t value schools and education for what they are.

  • Upward Bound. Gimme a break…

  • This is not really about “education”.Its about what its ALWAYS about: Getting money from the greater society and transferring it to blacks.

  • Ditto SC….many of the “poor” mestizos in my area drive luxury vehicles, while collecting benefits on behalf of their anchor babies no doubt.

  • “Upward Bound”….that’s a euphemism if I’ve ever heard one.