Ga. Program Pays Low-Income Students to Study : NPR: "Morning Edition, April 22, 2008 · Some kids in Fulton County, Ga., are earning a paycheck just for doing their homework. A pilot project sponsored by a local foundation is offering a group of low-income students $8 an hour to go to after-school study sessions twice a week."
Some folks don't like this idea, but in all honesty, I'd put money towards it provided students were paid for performance. Show up on time. Turn your work in, etc. I know I've emphasized to my boys many times that school was their job and they needed to treat it with that level of importance. Heck, I'd support money to pay for academic performance before many of the high-tech enhancements - like laptops for every kid (which, btw, is just dumb and I say this as a bit of a technophile).