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Colbert Can’t Shake Klein On Paying Kids For Grades

By Alexander Russo — September 13, 2007 1 min read

As expected, faux conservative newscaster Stephen Colbert made much fun of NYC Chancellor Klein’s plan to pay kids for good grades -- except when Colbert realizes the money-making potential: “Is this only limited to students, because I think I could ace some of those fourth grade exams?” asked Colbert. Colbert also suggested taking the logical next step -- bringing back child labor -- and he tried to one-up Klein’s program by offering $700 for kids to come over to his house, smoke cigarettes, and play violent video games. Klein generally parried all this well and got his talking points out, including that the effort is privately funded, has worked in Dallas (??), and that people in education are overly scared of trying new things. Check it out here. A good mix of fun and earnestness.

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