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Friday, August 3, 2012

Going All In on the Nanny-State School Model--Is Paying Students for Achievement Legal?

Would it be legal to pay students for performance?  I asked our attorney and the answer, below, is murky....

>>> Jeff Bergosh 7/16/2012 10:13 AM >>>

Would it be legal under state law for the district to, at one of our highly impoverished schools, devise a cash reward system to umpire and motivate students?

They do this in inner-city schools in Britain and France, and some schools in Ohio, New York, and California.

Just curious about how Florida law would speak to such a plan. -Also, I just really don't have a lot of confidence that one extra hour and three million dollars at six schools is going to turn the tide. I think to get the parents on board takes direct cash payment.

Thanks for any insight you can give on the legality issue.


Jeff Bergosh
Escambia County School Board, Dist. 1

<<< Donna Waters>>>   Mon 7/23/2012 10:09 AM


Just wanted to follow up in writing -- as I indicated at the Board meeting last week, I can't find any legal authority for/against the proposed action.

Let me know if you need anything else.


Donna Sessions Waters
General Counsel
Escambia County School Board
75 North Pace Boulevard
Pensacola, Florida 32505

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