As an incentive to entice charter school students to transfer into the public school system, the Chester-Upland school district is promising to provide students a laptop computer and a pair of Dr. Dre’s, as if the laptop wasn’t enough.
No one is complaining about the laptop but the Dr. Dre’s are raising a few eyebrows. This program may not be practical, but I think it’s a genius concept.
In the Spirit paper, Receiver Joe Watkins says, “We’re competing for kids like everybody else. If we are able to save $8 million by spending $8,000, then that’s an expenditure well worth it,” ...
According to my math, if we use $25,000 as the money that leaves the district when a student goes charter, they are looking for about 300 student transfers ($8mill/$25k). That $8,000 figure nets about $25 per incentive ($8k/300), and you can’t buy a laptop and headphones for $25.
Despite the math and the creative attempt to get students back to the district, you’d think adults would come up with something other than a pair of Dr. Dre’s.
It was just 7 months ago, only 25 miles up I-95, that 21 year old Christian Massey was gunned down for these very headphones.
If they don’t think classmates won’t be jealous seeing the new students flaunting free Dr. Dre’s, they’re living in a fantasy world.