Going to school will pay off for 66 Camden high school students.
Grades and diplomas aside, the 66 will each be paid $100 to attend thrice-weekly anti-truancy classes. And they’re getting the money up front.
Because the city needs to use $63,000 in grant money by Sept. 30 or risk losing funding next year, the students will be paid three weeks into the school year, as the Inquirer reports, for the year-long anti-truancy pledge they’re making. In exchange, officials of the I Can End Truancy program will track the students’ attendance.
Yes, the program is called ICE-T.
About a quarter of the students in the program are chronically truant, and all the students can receive tutoring and homework help as part of the deal.