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Chicago Schools Bribe Parents With Gift Cards to Attend Teacher Conferences

You may have heard about bribes offered to kids in order to increase attendance, but what about bribing parents? Chicago schools are doing just that. Parents will be given a $25 dollar gift card to Walgreens if they pick up their child’s report card and attend parent-teacher conferences.

Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade wondered, “Is it the fact that they’re not flexible enough where the parents are working two jobs and can’t get there on time? Or

do they believe that parents […] have that little interest in their children that they need a bribe to go?”

The exact reasons may be unclear, but the fact remains that schools in Chicago do not have high graduation rates. If parents are more involved, officials believe that children will do better in school. Walgreens is donating the money for this effort.

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