Editorial - Cash for better schools
The latest plan to improve student performance in the Pennsylvania schools - rewarding schools where student test scores improve with extra cash - seems like a good idea art first glance. But just as there must be remedial help for students who lag behind their classmates, the state must also find a way to push schools that perform poorly to do a better job.
Gov. Tom Ridge has been trying to improve the state school system since he took office, with proposals like voucher programs for low-income families. The latest proposal, contained in this year's budget, would force the state's schools to compete against each other for $10.4 million in supplemental funds.
To win the cash, which could range from $ 4 to $35 per pupil, students must improve their performance on standardized tests over a two-year period.