Every Detroit student who shows up on the cash-crucial Student Count Day will be able to answer “yes” thanks to a donation from Bob’s Classic Kicks in midtown.
BCK, 4717 Woodward, made an arrangement with the school district to give away a free pair of black leather Nikes to every student who comes to class on Oct. 3, the day when students are counted and their numbers used as the basis for per-pupil funding from the state and federal government.
The more bodies in class, the more money schools have all year.
Apart from the "why do we have to pay off children to go to school--do any of the parent(s) give a shit?" argument, to me this seems like a sort-of cousin of the whole TPS "fudging" of attendance numbers. Both efforts involve manipulation of data in order to "boost" scores (in one case, grades; in the other case, per pupil expenditure) by counting/not counting "students" who don't really show up to class.
Hey, if someone wants to give away 15,000 pairs of shoes, there's gonna be a crowd. I'm just seeing more manipulation of data to produce a desired outcome.