Laptop computers from Dell Inc., and even a few automobiles, are among the many incentives the Fort Worth, Texas, school system will give away this year to encourage students to come to class.

In an effort to boost attendance across the district, students who never or very rarely miss class will be eligible for prizes donated by local businesses--including cars, computers, and kids' bedroom furniture.

"We have one objective: If [students are] there, our teachers can teach them," interim Superintendent Joe Ross said Aug. 25 in announcing the incentive program.

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