Wednesday, May 28, 2008

School valedictorians: make a speech, net some cash???

If DC Council member Kwame Brown and others get their way DCPS valedictorians and other high achievers would be in for a nice payday at the end of the schoolyear.
Under the bill, the city would give $3,000 to the valedictorians at each of the city's public high schools. Students showing the making biggest academic improvements would each receive $1,000.
The legislation can be found here:
A BILL
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IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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Councilmembers Kwame R. Brown, Carol Schwartz, Marion Barry and Harry Thomas, Jr. introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on
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To create an academic award grant program to be administered by the District of Columbia State Education Office.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, that this
act may be cited as the “Student Performance Award Act of 2007”.
Sec. 2. On an annual basis the District of Columbia State Education Office or its successor agency, subject to appropriation, shall award academic grants:
(1) Awards in the amount of $3,000 for the recognized valedictorian of each of the twenty (20) District of Columbia Public School system’s senior high schools; and
(2)(a) Awards in the amount of $1,000 for the most improved student of each of the twenty (20) District of Columbia Public School system’s senior high schools.
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(b) The most improved student shall be selected by the faculty and administrators of each respective school, based on uniform criteria established by the District of Columbia State Education Office.
Sec. 3. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code § 1-206.02 (c)(3)).”
Sec. 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1-206.02 (c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.

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