Notable Quotable

October 17, 2007|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

We don't think Advanced Placement classes should be just an elitist thing. It should be for any kid who is willing to do the work. A lot of these kids surprise themselves. A financial reward is always a great motivator for teenagers."

- WILLIAM BASSELL, principal of Long Island City High School in Queens, N.Y., on why his school is participating in a private program to give students financial rewards for doing well on standardized tests; kids who get a top score, a five, on the AP exams will earn $1,000, while a four will be worth $750 and a three will earn $500

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