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I have worked with low-income students for the past 10 years, and as a high school teacher the past 4 years. This past year I taught at Marshall High School. I wanted to clarify one point: at many public schools in Portland, students are ALREADY given bus passes. At Marshall in particular, that carrot on the end of the stick that Step Up supplies at other sites doesn't carry currency. However, the Step Up students I taught while there were some of the most motivated and successful. It seems to me they've internalized the intrinsic value of education.
Furthermore, if one thinks of school as the job of young people, providing incentives for them mirrors the working world. Generally speaking, the more successful you are in your job, the more money you'll make.
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