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NC considering paying students for good grades

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By EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- North Carolina legislators aiming to improve education are looking at whether to pay students for coming to class and earning good grades.

A leading Republican senator has proposed offering cash to each of the state's 1.4 million public school students who meet certain goals. Sen. Fletcher Hartsell of Cabarrus County says cash incentives might motivate students to work harder or get uninvolved parents to do more to help their children learn.

He wants a two-year study looking at the pros and cons.

A statewide student rewards program be far more extensive than the experimenting that's been going on for years in cities like Baltimore, New York and Chicago. Researchers say offering rewards can work, but don't always improve results.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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