When Parents Get Paid for Homework

Students generally benefit -- but it's complicated, and costly.

Add a dollar sign to the three R's.

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Poor kids don't do nearly as well in school as the children of the affluent. There's a vicious cycle when you talk about this, where education reformers blame the teachers, teachers blame the parents and the economic conditions of the children, and everyone sort of gives each other the side eye while glumly agreeing that something really needs to be done.

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