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Philadelphia School Pays Kids $100 to Stay Out of Fights

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By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 02:42 PM

A hardscrabble elementary school in one of Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods is offering $100 to eighth-graders who can graduate without getting into a fight.

"I wanted to challenge them to be what their families see in them, what we know they are," Stephanie Andrewlevich, principal of Mitchell Elementary, told philly.com.

"They have a choice — to become the violence they see in their day-to-day lives, or to be peaceful models for our school and our community."

But there is one catch: if anyone slips up, the whole class loses out on the cash.

Andrewlevich knows some might see the offer as bribery, but said: "I don't. I see it as an investment in our kids."

In the 2015-16 school year, nearly a quarter of Mitchell's eighth-graders had been suspended at least once.

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