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Chicago Schools Bribe Parents With $25 Gift Cards

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduces newly appointed Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett at a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Chicago. Emanuel replaced his embattled public schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard with Bennett, a veteran educator and administrator whose experience in Cleveland, Detroit and New York will help take Chicago school reforms “to the next level.” (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

By// Mariah Craddick

Parents of students enrolled at a select seventy Chicago Public Schools are being lured with $25 Walgreens gift cards to become more involved in their child’s education, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel thought up the idea during one of his morning workouts, he told the press during a news conference.

“This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,” he said. “We need to close those gaps and have a united front investing in our kid’s education.” According to the Chicago Tribune, less than 24 percent of Chicago public school graduates were prepared for a four-year college program.

Parents will receive a Walgreens “Balance Rewards” card in exchange for picking up their child’s report card and attending parent-teacher conferences.

“We have employees who have children who go to Chicago Public Schools all over the city,” said Walgreen CEO Greg Wasson. “We want to see them do well as well.”

Do you think bribing parents is a good way to encourage involvement?