After truancy rates fell below state standards, The Delta Academy in Las Vegas is trying something new to get students to come class with $10 in gift cards each week. School administrators see it as a positive solution to a serious problem where punitive measures failed in the past.
It's important to note: this incentive program is more than just consistent attendance; students will also be monitored on grades and their behavior before receiving a $10 gift card to the retailer of their choice each week such as a Best Buy Gift Card.
Gift Card Controversy
The Delta Academy has set aside a $90,000 budget for incentive programs. Naturally, that's tax payer money and the program is causing quite a stir in Las Vegas. While this might seem like bribery, I empathize with The Delta Academy. It's a charter school responsible for teaching kids who were placed at the school from other schools in Clark County School District after of poor grades, behavior problems and other challenges.
I'm interested to see how this one turns out. It's my understanding positive reinforcement is more effective than negative reinforcement. I wish the The Delta Academy the best of luck in improving student interaction and producing better members of the community.
Here's the full story from Fox 5 Las Vegas reporter Stefanie Jay: