CHICAGO (AP) - It took a Chicago Public Schools student a whole
year to win an attendance prize. But she'll have to be patient a
Ashley Martinez won a new Dodge Caliber for perfect attendance
during the last school year, but she's only 12, so driving is out
A Chicago Public Schools spokesman says the school district
offered the car as part of an effort to boost attendance, which has
hovered around 91 percent the last several years.
Chicago's school system has offered several rewards in recent
years, including vacations, laptops and iPods.
Some experts disapprove. Parenting expert Nancy Samalin says the
main reason children are sent to school is to love learning.
Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan says the rewards give
parents added incentive to get their kids to class.