DETROIT – Juniors and seniors at the East English Village Preparatory Academy will be paid to help tutor middle schools students as part of a $1.5 million grant Lear Corp. is giving Detroit Public Schools, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The money will be directly deposited into accounts set up for the high school students at a local bank, and participants will also get credit for community service hours, the Free Press reported.

“I was concerned the kids in Detroit Public Schools aren’t getting the same opportunities as kids in other districts,” Lear CEO Matt Simoncini told the Free Press. “Grade school students get a role model outside the classroom — not an adult, some(one) they’ll listen to.”

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, “Lear is underwriting a student tutoring program with the Detroit Public Schools,” June 15, 2012

FURTHER READING: Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Public-Private Education Partnership: Unlikely Consensus, Promising Result,” June 6, 2012

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