“I feel we have an obligation to do everything possible to get our kids to come and stay in school.

Chelsea High School, located outside of Boston, will begin paying its students $25 a quarter for perfect attendance when they return to school this September. The money will be placed in an account at the school, redeemable only upon the students’ graduation. The vagaries of this decision — is it bribery or a justly deserved reward? — aside, the school district’s decision makes clear the results of continued pressure from the federal government to both assess and improve upon quantifiable outcomes rather than quality of experience.

Laura Louison

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