Mayor Emanuel and Walgreen Co. CEO Greg Wasson announced today a new public-private partnership that creates a pilot incentive program aimed at encouraging parents to become more involved in their schools and part of new efforts CPS is undertaking to better engage parents across the district. The pilot provides parents with a “Balance Rewards” card with 25,000 points, worth the equivalent of $25 in Walgreens in-store purchases, when they pick up their students’ report cards and participate in parent-teacher conferences during Report Card Pick-Up days.
When you have to pay people to take an interest in their own children, the whole situation is too bizarre for words.
Could the Walgreens be persuaded to hand out free birth control instead? A parent who needs to be bribed to remember that s/he has a child will not do any good to that child. I say let’s promote contraception instead.
What do you think?