10/11/2010 01:29 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Okla. Schools Reward Good Grades With Cell Phones & Minutes

We use financial incentives all the time, but does incentivizing education--paying excellent teachers more money, paying students for grades, even paying students (and their parents) for better performance--work?

Enter Roland Fryer, an economist at Harvard University, whose research hinges upon whether giving students a culturally relevant incentive will impact achievement. So far, his experiments have been attempted in many cities around the country.