Georgia After-School Program Will Pay Students to Study

Fulton County school officials will pay students to study after school in a new program designed to improve their classroom performance.

The program, called "Learn & Earn," is being offered to 40 students from Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle schools in Fairburn. The program will give students $8 an hour to study after school.

The privately funded program also will offer cash bonuses to students who improve their in-school performance.

School officials say the goal is to determine whether paying students to study will improve their performance.

The 15-week trial program will be conducted with students in the eighth and 11th grades. Students were selected by school staff, based on attendance, grades, test scores and free or reduced-lunch status.

A community kickoff ceremony is planned for 3 p.m. Thursday in the media center at Creekside High School.