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    Principal Puts Bucks Behind Stopping Brawls

    An elementary school principal is offering students cash rewards if they don’t get into fights during their last year at school. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018)

    The principal at a Philadelphia elementary school in a violent corner of the city is paying eighth-graders to not fight.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Kristen Graham reports Mitchell Elementary School Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich is taking the innovative approach to manage behavior at the school.

    If all eighth-graders make it to graduation with no physical violence, each child will get $100.

    The principal says the incentive is working.

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    So far this year, only 8 percent of the eighth-graders have been suspended. That's down from 17 percent at the same point last year, and down 21 percent from 2016.

    One student says not fighting feels natural now, and it's no longer about the money. If she got it, she says she'd give it to her mom to buy school supplies.

    Andrewlevich says she'll put up the $3,300 herself, unless a sponsor emerges.