Principal Bribes Students to Decide School's Fate

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Students will earn easy extra credit points if they vote. Credit: Corbis

Columbus High School in Bronx, N.Y., may be closed down by the state unless parents and officials vote for conversion to a charter school. To encourage voting, the principal is offering students an attractive reward: "An extra five points on their next test, two hours off required community-service time and a free movie ticket," the New York Post reports.

Teachers are not in support of the plan. They disagree with the message it's sending and they don't want students getting the idea that "there are a lot of ways to pass your class without actually studying," one staff member tells the Post.

Principal Lisa Fuentes stands behind her offer, explaining to the Post, "we're not encouraging yeses or nos."


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