Cash For Grades: One School’s Fundraising Strategy

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According to reports, a middle school in North Carolina has given up on selling chocolate bars and is now informing parents that a $20 donation to the school will get a student 20 test points—10 extra points on two tests (of their choice). Those extra 10 points could possibly raise a failing grade to a D or a B to an A.

Apparently the plan was endorsed by the principal after it was brought forward by the Parent Advisory Council. Their argument is that one or two graded tests are not enough to make a difference during the entire year. State education officials, however, are none too pleased, saying it sends the wrong message to kids. Plus, kids from families who can’t afford the donation won’t have the same advantage.

So what to do you think? An innovative fundraiser or poor ethical lesson?

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