D.C. Students Being Paid for Summer School

Lisa Gartner, Washington Examiner, July 29, 2012

The District is paying 305 students with poor academic and behavioral records to attend summer school, The Washington Examiner has learned.

The rising ninth-graders are earning $5.25 an hour to participate in the “Summer Bridge” program, which targets students identified by D.C. Public Schools as less likely than their peers to graduate high school within four years.

The 95 students who voluntarily signed up for the summer school program will receive half of an elective credit. But to fill the 400-student session with at-risk students, DCPS reached out to the Department of Employment Services. More than 300 students flagged by DCPS and who had signed up for the Summer Youth Employment Program were told that school would be their jobs this summer.

Melissa Salmanowitz, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Kaya Henderson, said DCPS officials are going to study this year’s results, with the intention of expanding the program next summer.


This summer isn’t the first time the city has paid students to learn. The District allowed a Harvard University group to pay about 3,000 middle-school students up to $100 a month for good grades during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 school years. Grades overall didn’t improve significantly.



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  • $5.25/hour x 6 hrs/day x 5 days/week x 4.3333 weeks/month = $682.50 a month.  I doubt they’re deducting taxes from the “wages” of these luminaries.  Question:  Will these “wages” count against their parents’ welfare and food stamps, thereby reducing them at least during the summer months?

    • MekongDelta69

      I’m gonna go with NO for $1,000 Alex.

  • crystal evans

    Sometimes I wonder if we should change our educational system to ones used by other countries, In Japan compulsory education ends in the ninth grade. Only those who passed the high school exam go on to high school. The others go to work or go to trade schools. In the UK, students can end their education at age 15 and either go to work or go to trade school or enter apprenticeships. Most of these ghetto kids do not want to be in school anyway and probably do not show up for school to begin with.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       They do something similar in Germany. People who are very smart are primed for the Universities. People who are of middle intelligence are trained in labor related jobs (car repair, plumbers, machinists, carpenters, etc). The dummies are trained in how to receive welfare.

      • Detroit_WASP

        Do they offer the dummies a cash reward for being sterilized ?  It would be great if they did. 

        • blight14

           I would imagine you could easily pay them $35,000 each and come out WAY ahead…..heck, that’s less than the cost to house them in prison for a year…..let’s up the ante to $50,000…..

    •  Been saying this is the way to go for years, only make it 8th grade here. This would improve schools enormously by essentially losing the classroom disrupters (mainly African Americans). However the black & liberal politicians will scream bloody murder and won’t allow it – it would put more “at risk” minorities on the streets to commit crime and get sent behind bars. They would much rather have them disrupt the classrooms and spoil education efforts for the rest.

      • crystal evans

        Because these kids do not want to go to school. They see no value in education and neither do their parents, who probably dropped out of school as soon as they could. Their parents figured out and so will they if they have not already, that they can get more in benefits: welfare, food stamps, section 8 etc. than in a low wage job.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Unfortunately, too many DO want to go to school!!  They come to socialize, eat  free government food and terrorize the school staff. They have nothing else to do and want to be with their friends.

          In the good old days, when daily attendance for the entire day was accounted for in the mornings, we used to throw open the side doors to the school and look the other way when students streamed out after the free breakfast.

          When the little miscreants get close to 18 and still have no credits towards graduation, we try to push them into the adult schools and let it be their problems, although this is getting increasingly difficult as adults schools are cut back or eliminated and students allowed to stay until they’re 19 or even 20.

          No one wishes these students would drop out more than the teachers, especially the ones in the upper division.  They utterly ruin the educational process for other students and make public school campuses places of anarchy, violence and terror.  For me, there is no wonder why teachers flee these schools ASAP and the Teach for America types are gone by Xmas!!  

          There is no way to survive a black school for very long.

          And, it’s about to get a whole lot worse as we will be unable to suspend or expel these little violent terrorists.


          • crystal evans

            From what I have heard about Teach for America is that after their 2 year commitment, many still work in education but probably in a school district in a better neighborhood.

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Be careful what you hear, especially about the education system, a lot of it is not true.

            According to EdWeek, The majority of TFA are out of the teaching profession within five years.

            The following is from a TFA recruit who had his eyes opened, and quickly, as to what black/brown schools are REALLY like. TFAs come out of “America’s Best Institutions”  like Harvard and Yale.  They are thrown into the worst classrooms after a 30 day “boot camp”  and told that TEACHERS are the problem, not the kids and that THEY will be the solution:

            This one lasted until October.

            “My first week was shocking. My students were mostly out of control and all of the tricks that TFA had taught me, the numerous systems, the Teach like a Champion book I had read cover to cover, provided little assistance, if any. My mentor teacher provided absolutely no support.

            I began every day with a sense of dread and a feeling that I had no idea what I was doing. I also sometimes worried for my life when students would cuss me out, throw scissors in class or tell me I was f***ing retarded.

            But even though there was a little improvement I had this constant pain in my chest and my anxiety was worsening. I also had one period in which nothing worked, the end of the day class, and I feared for this period every day. They were out of control, stealing things, talking, fighting, eating, saying horrible things to my face. I cried almost every night and was on the phone with my parents in between class periods, after school, sometimes before school. 

            Little did I know, the other TFA corps member at my school was dying just the same. (He ended up quitting a day after me.) 

            I wasn’t sleeping or eating hardly in this last week. Behavior was out of control because I didn’t have the energy to counter it. I sat down at the end of this week in class, shaking and nauseous, called for a sub and left. The next day my aunt took me to a psychiatrist who advised me in his “medical opinion” to quit or take a medical leave…I tried to get through the next week of school but I couldn’t. I was literally stopping in the middle of classes, on the verge of tears, turning on music while my kids messed around. I had lost it and I didn’t see myself getting it back.”

            I left out the part where he kept getting negative reviews from the administrators because he couldn’t control his classroom and he wasn’t using the textbook correctly.

            Another one bites the dust after being chocked by reality.

            I haven’t seen a TFA last past Xmas.


    • That sounds like a great method of bringing out the most in everyone concerned. People from all walks of life have been brainwashed to think that you need a University degree to be successful. Complete bullsh*t in my opinion. I attended University for one semester and was able to see straight away that the staff, the other students, and everybody in between were living an la-la land.

      I pulled myself out seeing as though I was doing little more than wasting my time. I went straight into trade school. Within 5 years I was earning upwards of 85,000 a year. As a result of my trade, I was able to relocate to Australia. Being self employed and earning a very good living is one of the most gratifying experiences one can have.I don’t say what I”ve just said to brag or boast. However I say it to illustrate that this notion that one needs to have degrees to be successful is foolish. I can’t tell you how many times I have walked into a cafe for lunch and end up finding out the kid serving me has a bachelor’s in this, or a master’s in that. I think a more reasonable approach is to find out what one is good at, and more importantly what one enjoys. After that, go after it.

      Now don’t get me wrong. There are definitely areas of study that are worthy of pursuing.  Physics, Engineering, Electronics, Medicine, Dentistry, etc. But gender studies, Philosphy, Ancient History, Museum Studies, and Linguistics?? Come on. Young kids are setting themselves up for failure by doing that in my opinion.

      • Shawn_thefemale

         I have said that for years: that not everyone is college or IT material. And not everyone’s interests lie in that direction, anyway.  Someone still has to change the tires, fix the motors, run the tractors, etc.

        And being self employed, earning great money – as I also have done for a number of years – is, indeed, gratifying. However, perhaps different from Australia, the U.S. government has now succeeded in making it virtually impossible for any business smaller than large corporate giants to earn a sustainable profit. Thus, we’ve been barely hanging on for several years now, and the result of those 30-something years of busting my backside self-employment have resulted in:  1. low payments going into SS for my earnings.   2. No available unemployment.   3.  A nearly 60 year old trained in one thing now looking for additional work in a young, IT-dominated hiring field. I’m virtually unemployable, no matter what the EEOC ‘only-on-paper’ policies state. I cringe every time a customer comes to me having just been laid off and says  “I’ve done so-and-so for someone else for 3 years – I’m gonna start my OWN business!”   Good luck.

      • What about Queer Studies? Surely you wouldnt discourage someone from pursuing such a vital field…

  • They make WAY more than $5.25 an hour slinging dope, trading pills and selling stolen cough syrup and other assorted stolen goods.

    • crystal evans

      This is why they will not go to school. $5.25 does not even pay for the latest sneakers or the latest cars.

      • MekongDelta69

        We’ve given ‘them’ approximately $10-12 Trillion since 1964 for thousands of ‘poverty’ programs. (And of course, we’ve all seen how well that’s turned out.)

        I wonder how much that has been per hour for every “at-risk” youf?

  • Thesae are not “at risk” yoofs, these are what even 20 years ago would have been called Special Ed students, and worse. And yes, I have no doubt they are headed for a life of crime a $1800 is not going to divert them, it’s only going to give them seed money so they can buy cocaine by the ounce, get a gun, and really start dealing crack.

  • Francis Galton

    The best part is the second paragraph, where it is mentioned that the ninth-graders are “EARNING $5.25 an hour.”  Funny, but at my job sleeping, cursing, throwing desks, and threatening my boss (teacher) will get me fired.  I don’t think getting “fired” is in the cards for these cretins. 

  • mikejones91

    Would you pay a drug addict to GO to N.A? Of course not. You can’t force an addict to get clean unless THEY want to. Just like you can’t force blacks to give-a-shit if THEY DON”T want to. Black people truly are treated like children by liberals. I thought WE were the “racist” ones.

  • JackKrak

    Whites are more “at risk” than any of these thugs will ever be.

    “At risk” of being robbed, beaten, murdered or raped by them.
    “At risk” of receiving a third rate education due to schools ruined by legions of semiretarded minorities.
    “At risk” of failing to get a place in a university or job market because of positive discrimination against them.
    “At risk” of seeing their value of their property fall dramatically with the arrival of the black undertow.
    “At risk” of seeing their popular culture even further degraded by endless dumbing-down to accommodate lowbrow black & brown tastes.
    “At risk” of being berated for being the “root cause” of all of the above.

    • LaSantaHermandad

      Jack ,

      You missed one.
      ” At risk” of being charged with a hate crime for using deadly force against a “youth” who was trying to kill you.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      “At risk” of being bankrupted by having to pay satanic taxes to support government schools your chidden cannot attend, welfare moochers, violent public housing tenants moved into YOUR neighborhood and the 1/2 of the population that pays no taxes.

      I picked this up from another forum not quite as enlightened as this one:

      The IRS sent my Tax Return back! AGAIN!!!

      I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”

      I replied –

      “12 million illegal immigrants;

      “3 million crack heads;

      “42 million unemployable people on food stamps;

      “2 million people in over 243 prisons;

      “Half of Mexico; and,

      “535 fools in the U.S. House and Senate.”

      Apparently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.


  • Church_of_Jed

    All these scholars will learn is that being “at risk” pays well, and they will then get full ride scholarships to historically White colleges because they are Opportunity Diversity Admissions Scholars, but they won’t need to show grades to be admitted, just have names the prove they are “at risk,” like Laqun’shia’mika Roosevelt and Travronius Muhammad.

    • crystal evans

      What about Maria Morales and Jose Jimenez? Aren’t they at risk too. But then they are also illegal so they would probably get a full scholarship too.

      • Church_of_Jed

        Scholarships for the Undocumented is the new trend at formerly White colleges.

  • MekongDelta69

    Can I get paid to post here?

    C’mon – I’m an “at-risk” poster.

    (I might be “oppressed” too. Hold on – let me check…
    …yep, I’ve decided I’m “oppressed” too. That should count for double. Where’s my $10.50/hr.?)

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      If you had multiple personalities, you could make twice that amount.

      • MekongDelta69

        Which one of us are you talking to?

        (Please deposit $21.00 in my PayPal account. Thanks for helping us get free from the ‘legacy of poster slavery.’)

        • Shawn_thefemale

           Mekong is on a roll today.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    What happens when you reward incompetence?

    The same thing as fertilizing and watering weeds.


  • APaige

    Not is it the only way to have the ‘at-risk students’ attend school, but also the only way to get their parents (mom) to be interested or even care that the kid attend.

  • CuriousQuisling

    You can only achieve what you are able to achieve. I would guess that many of these kids have a very limited ability. For those kids who can’t achieve in academics there needs to be alternate trade internships where they can learn a marketable skill. High school is not for everyone.

    • crystal evans

      What about a vocational high school that will allow students to learn a trade instead of graduating with a general diploma that prepares them for nothing? Some trades such as cosmotology require a high school diploma, to get a license. What is wrong with training the kids in high school and prepare them to graduate and take the state board test and get licensed.

      • CuriousQuisling

        I just think there needs to be alternate paths for alternate abilities. Truly gifted kids are held back and struggling kids are unsuccessful. We need to track more and have many options for the non academic student. This will benefit those students who are willing and able for stringent academics.

        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          Of COURSE there should be tracking by ability as it was in the schools up until the late 70s.  But good luck trying to get it re-implemented!!

          The problem with tracking, as the PC masters see it, is that the bottom tracks are brown/black and the college prep tracks White/Asian (and therefore racist).  

          IQ tests are NOT ALLOWED to assess kids — only state-mandated tests and any black/brown  with a low score (most of them) –well, that is the fault of the racists tests, NEVER the kid’s lack of ability.

          There hasn’t been sanity in the schools for 40+ years now, there is an entrenched lefty PC Reign of Terror going on.

          To even question this insanity is to open yourself up to accusations of racism, bigotry and hatred.

          You won’t win — Whites and White teachers talk a great game behind closed doors but good luck challenging current PC dogma, you won’t win no matter how right you are.  

          The idiots in control have the force of government behind them.

          We don’t.


      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        The current dogma is that blacks/browns are funneled into programs like voc ed — or as I’ve heard it put by lefty advocates:  “The schools are training our children to be gardeners, janitors and house maids!!”

        These loud-mouthed lefty advocates are deeply entrenched, are heavily funded and have the force of government behind them.  We don’t.  Many of them work in universities and have PhD’s in theoretical education — who are YOU to question THEM??  They’ve had the upper hand in education for 50+ years; no one dares questions them because you will be called out as a Nazis who wants to “keep brown and black children down.”

        SO the current dogma is that ALL children are equally capable of succeeding equally and ALL should have access to the highest levels of American education.  Any resulting failures from blacks/browns are due to racist tests like the SAT and ACT, racists White teachers, racist textbooks, and institutional, system-wide racism.  I’ve heard this repeated endlessly.

        The courts agree — so that’s why we have mainstream classrooms now with retarded children with IQs of 50 sitting next to White/Asians children with IQs of 150+.  You smart child will be either ignored or used to tutor the retarded children

        Where do you think 99.9% of funding is directed?  At the White/Asian kid that is capable of mastering Gaussian Physics II and Calculus C??  

        If you said the child with the IQ of 50, move to the head of the class!!

        Your White/Asian child’s science lab will be shuttered to help fund the kid with the 50 IQ.  Your White/Asian child’s AP classes will be eliminated and the resources directed to programs for the 50 IQ child (while your child will be sent along as a tutor to help in the new “reading” lab, the lab that was once used for AP chemistry, physics and biology students).

        Remember, to even question this upside down system, to question the motives of these lefties, is to open yourself up to accusations of racism, bigotry and hatred.

        They are NEVER held to account or even questioned when these programs fail — as always it is blamed on “racism” of some sort.  The wasted money is unimaginable.

        I should know, I work in the Belly of this Beast and am well acquainted with how this obscene system works.


        • Bob great post. What I find particularly disturbing is the idea of the white student being oput to work to tutor the black. That has been mentioned before. I cant believe such an obscene thing is allowed even in this POS national school sysytem!!

        • crystal evans

          Unfortunately, many of the black and brown kids end up working as maids, janitors, mowing lawns etc. This is despite all of the spending the government has done on education. Some of this could be prevented just by having parents who care about their kids education and will do what is necessary for the child to succeed. This means turning off the tv, putting the video games away and have the kids do their homework and the parent should be checking that homework to make sure that it is all done. How many parents of these so called deprived kids do that?

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            No amount of parental involvement can or will make up for IQ deficits of 15-30 points.  

            Learning for this group stops around the 3rd grade.  This is why we high school teachers see SO many black/brown 9th, 10th and 11th grade students who read at a 2nd or 3rd grade level and can barely add or subtract. ALL of them — ALL OF THEM – have been through years of intensive, targeted reading programs including muti-million dollars reading labs built especially for them.

            Nothing that has been tried has worked, not one single ten million dollar government program, Early Head Start or intensive preschool, parental involvement, small classes, intervention or bridge programs.

            Nothing can make up for this lack of IQ points.  

            THAT is the reality and it is NOT in dispute.  Only the government insists that  children with sub-100 IQs are capable of mastering mechanical physics and Algebra II.


          •  Not only that, there’s common sense.

            Low IQ apathetic students are almost always borne of low IQ apathetic parents.  How will the involvement of low IQ apathetic parents help their low IQ apathetic students learn anything beyond their limited innate abilities?

          • ILOVEMYRACE

            I grew up in the Projects in San Francisco.   By 5th grade everyone (white, asian, black, hispanic) knew that Blacks were stupid, impulsive, violent, and dangerous, but good at sports.  Asians were quiet, passive, well-behaved, and really smart, but bad at sports (except the Japanese).  Hispanics were stupid and lazy, but some were food at sports.  Whites tended to be less smart than Asians and less athletic than Blacks.

            We ALL knew this at age 10.   It was only when I went to UC Berkely did I learn that we had all been wrong, and in fact, all races are exactly equal in all things, and when they were not, it was due to White racism.

    •  Grade school is not for everyone…

  • Detroit_WASP

    Rewarding bad behavior….check

    Rewarding stupid people…..check

    We better start building more public housing complexes. 

    • anarchyst

      . . . or give them more scholarships to the “University of Corrections”

  • crystal evans

    I agree. What I think should happen is that you have all these Charter schools that are college prep. Instead of that, why not have vocational charter schools that teach these kids a marketable trade. We have forgotten that not every child is college material and that are alternative such as apprenticeships, vocational schools and the military.

  • CuriousQuisling

    But the direction Obama seems to be going with Race to the Top is that all curriculums should be the same because all students are the same. A giant generic, homogenized plan that will fail like all the rest. But only after billions of dollars have been poured into it. It is most frustrating!

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      It’s already that way.

      It’s been that way for about 30 years.  

      The public needs to know where their tax $$ are going:  To “educate” those with the lowest IQs while your smart White child is ignored and shunted to the side.


  • Social science studies have proven you can’t bribe people to improve their lives. The motivation to succeed comes from within not outside.

    Didn’t they try this in NYC a few years back using private money? Does anyone know how that program panned out?

    • Well you havent noticed a surge in brain surgeons lately,have you?

  • IKantunderstand

    Of  course no grades were improved! WTF?????????? You could pay those dumb ass (censored)$100.00 an hour and it would make NO difference. These people in power must know this….. So  why do they continue on this course? Integration in the public schools hasn’t worked. Section 8 housing hasn’t worked. The powers that be are counting on us to just give up. Oh, and they have been working on us. Just look at the T.V. fare they offer up.  We have programs that tell us what the “modern family” should be: homosexual couples who adopt asians,  suburbia is “Hell on earth”, a cultural wasteland as it were. Blacks are brilliant surgeons, asians are wonderful veterinarians, seriously, I want the government to back up these  shows.  You know, show the exaxt percantage of black surgeons in the U.S. veresus their population on t.v. programs. And also, I seriously want to know how many asian veterinarians there are out there, who don’t honestly think our pets are food. Note to Amren readers. I will never have an asian vet. Periiod. 

    • My granny will NEVER have a black gynecologist!

    • crystal evans

      Not all of us think of pets as food. Japanese people do not eat dogs and cats. We eat pork, chicken, beef and fish like you do. Please do not label all of us as dog eaters.  I remember when I lived in San Francisco and in Chinese stores there would be dead chickens and even live turtles. I was surprized when I was told that the turtles were not pets.

  • Shawn_thefemale

     Did the minimum include spelling & grammar?

    • Tim

      Who was it that said, complaining about punctuation means you`ve just conceded the argument?!?…

  • Shawn_thefemale

     Yeah, but he’ll be enjoying some good weed.

  • This is like the “Jobs Peograms ” the blacks are always screaming for. Hire the shtreet thugs. When they dont feel like working…uhm,whatchoo gonna do? Theyre NOT getting fired. Theyre gonna be there whenever they deign to drop in.  “OK Travarius,is it? Travarius,grab that rake and clean up the front area.” Travarius, after a long pause:F*** you cracka!!!

    • crystal evans

      I have heard of many of these top athletes were given no work jobs by athletic boosters.

      •  Jack Taylor, head of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, does this vis-a-vis the University of Missouri.  If you’re in the boycotting mood, here’s one to add to your list.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    Being paid to go to school? More like just show up! Why force them to go to school? They don’t want to be there, the teachers don’t want them and the kids that do want to learn DEFINITELY don’t want them there. More money thrown into the black hole.

  • crystal evans

    Also Blacks from the Carribean do better than African Americans in school. Both Africans and Blacks from the Carribean are taught respect for school and for the teachers. African Americans have neither.

  • crystal evans

    That is why I believe that instead of taking up space in college, there should be developmental leagues in the NFL like the NBA has so that way they can make money and if they are successful there, they can then be promoted to the big league.

  • Herman

    Just a matter of time.

    We pay black people to do the right thing.