A modest proposal.
Andrew Yang is running on a ubi platform that clearly has legs in nyc and after the covid payments its pretty hard to say that its a stupid idea.
I am particularly interested in education in nyc (and inner cities generally) and we had some experiements here in dc and we know a few things that look like they work. Many of them are resisted by liberals and teacher’s unions (which begs the question whether the public education system is for the benefit of the students, the teacher’s unions or the politicians) but one that I think would have some traction is the dc experiment on giving students from underperforming schools an allowance based on attendance and behavior. They tried it in underperforming schools and high achieving schools and there was almost no effect in high achieving schools (even higher achieving schools in poor neighborhoods) but there was a dramatic effect in underperforming schools, particularly on the behavior front. It led to higher test scores and academic achievement.
It seems like a slam dunk to me. nyc spends 50 billion to educate about 1 million kids. Thats about 50K per kid. I think spending a thousand dollars per semester to ensure better behavior and attendance is a bargain. Is there any reason why cities shouldn’t be doing this?