In Baltimore, schools CEO Andres Alonso is making headlines with a plan to offer cash to students who improve their scores on state assessment exams. Alonso says the school system has a “moral obligation” to help students pass the exams. But the plan is getting mixed reviews from some members of the city’s school board. We look at the specifics of the proposal, and explore the broader challenge of inspiring students.


  • Andres Alonso CEO, Baltimore Public Schools
  • Sara Neufeld Education Reporter, The Baltimore Sun
  • Aleta Margolis Founder and Executive Director, Center for Inspired Teaching

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