Letters to the Editor

How about incentives for parents of students?

Bill and Melinda Gates are infusing millions of dollars into the world economy to combat such things as disease, hunger and research. This is indeed great and wonderful.

Their recent announcement of contributing $15 million to selected low-performing schools in California in order to help raise test scores has raised my eyebrows.

Within the article were two things that are a bit redundant in education. The money will be used for "better curriculum" and "teacher training." These sound bites are all too familiar.

As a retired elementary school teacher, I experienced "new curriculum" introduced every five years, with administrators claiming that it would raise test scores in our low-performing schools each time. It didn't happen. Teacher training was required and plentiful. Scores didn't rise.

I have a novel idea. Since the Gates are infusing private money into the system, why isn't something innovative pursued? Try giving monetary incentives (worthwhile monetary incentives) to the parents of these low-performing students that reach benchmark scores and watch the scores rise.

Then again, let's "Stay the course."

Tom Peratt