Why A Principal Created His Own Currency

School MS 53 in Queens experienced extremely poor student attendance, a high rate of student suspensions, and an increase of staff and teacher resignations—all causing the city’s department of education to give the school and “F”. New principal Shawn Rux incentivizes students by creating “Rux Bux,” a currency system that can help students win prizes the more often they attend school. The school went from an “F” to a “C” and daily attendance has increased to around 90%.

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